Gustafsson: If Smith Wins “I Don’t Have It Anymore”
The last two men to fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title will square off at UFC Stockholm on June 1st, as Alexander Gustafsson will face Anthony Smith.
While a guest on the MMA Hour, Gustafsson told Luke Thomas
“He’s a big hitter and he has a lot of heart and he has a lot of fights behind him,” Gustafsson said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “He’s a guy with a good team behind him, and this is going to be a real challenge. And that’s why I’m doing this, to challenge myself. When I beat him, I’m going to just move in the rankings. If I don’t beat him, if he beats me, then maybe I don’t have it anymore. So I’ll just take it from there.”
“He’s in shape and he feels like I feel,” he said of Smith. “Like, he just lost and he wants to prove that he’s better than what he showed, and he just wants to get back to fighting and winning again. So I think he’s in shape and I think he’s ready for this, and he’s ready to fight me and he wants to beat me, so I understand him perfectly.”
Gustafsson is not interested in judging Smith’s UFC 235 performance to Jones, He’s more focused on putting on a show in front of his fellow Swedes.
“I’m not the right guy to judge him,” he said. “I just fought Jon and lost myself. He showed some heart and he took some damage and just kept moving so he’s a warrior and I can’t wait to have him over and give the fans a really good show.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting