After coming up short in his third shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight belt, Alexander Gustafsson may consider a change of scenery.
Gustafsson has fought for the UFC lightweight championship belt on three occasions, losing twice to Jon Jones and once to Daniel Cormier. The Swede, who at 6’5: with a 79-inch reach is one of the biggest high-level 205-pounders in the world, may try his luck in the heavyweight division now that his two-time for Jones appears to be back for good.
During the UFC 232 post-fight press conference, “The Mauler” was asked by a reporter if his days at light heavyweight were done (via MMAJunkie.com):
“Yeah, it’s not over yet. Let’s see what’s next. Like always, you do this for a reason, and it’s to compete with the best guys out there, and that’s what I’ll do. I will do it as long as I think it’s fun.”
The 31-year-old said he was open to a moving up a division but would go back to the gym and talk about a potential move with his coaches
“Yeah, of course. The heavyweight division is also an alternative. I’m here to fight, either if it’s at light heavy or heavy. I have to talk to my coaches and see what’s next.”
Gustafsson (18-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) has competed 15 times inside the Octagon and is arguably the most accomplished light heavyweight not to win a title, with losses to only Jones (twice), Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson and Phil Davis and with notable wins over Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa and Mauricio Rua.