Gustafsson To Cormier: Fight Me Or Drop The Belt
Alexander Gustafsson has called out now UFC double champion, Daniel Cormier, following Cormier’s claim that the light heavyweight challenger would need to do “something special” to earn a title fight.
“It doesn’t sound right when he says things like that,” Gustafsson told Luke Thomas, on the latest episode of The MMA Hour.
“I respect that [Cormier vs. Lesnar] is a big fight and a money fight, but the way that he says I have to do something spectacular…I think it’s a bad thing for him to say because I’m ranked No. 1 and I’ve fought everyone in the division.
“It’s not up to him to decide something like that. I don’t know what he means by that. I’ve been fighting everybody and waiting for an opportunity like everyone else to fight for the belt.”
Gustafsson told Thomas that if Cormier is coming back to light heavyweight, to let the UFC make his upcoming UFC 227 fight with Volkan Oezdemir for an interim light heavyweight title.
“He’s up there now; he has the heavyweight belt and he has the light heavyweight belt,” Gustafsson said of Cormier, who defeated Stipe Miocic at UFC 226.
“He’s keeping the light heavyweight belt for himself, he doesn’t want to let it go. I don’t know what’s going on; he has to make up his mind and decide if he wants to come back down. I’m just going to beat Volkan and then I’m ready for him. Maybe he should just let that belt go and give it to us so we have something to fight for.”
“They should do this fight for an interim title,” he continued. “Whenever DC makes up his mind…if he wants to come down we can fight for the real title. They should make this fight for the interim title, me and Volkan — that’s the No. 1 guy and the No 2 guy.”
Gustafsson will do anything he can to get a shot at the light heavyweight strap.
“It’s all up to him. He can’t sit on his throne and decide who he fights or who he’s not going to fight, if he does that he should just let it go because I want that belt, that’s all I’m focused on after the Volkan fight. He can either fight me or let the belt go, that’s the only thing I’ll say.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting