Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 12/9/12
Is fighting a former UFC light heavyweight champion the next best thing to facing the division’s reigning king? Well, Alexander Gustafsson (Pictured) thought he earned his top contender stripes Saturday by steamrolling prior title holder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but it appears “The Mauler” may have to prove his mettle once more against another past champ. “If I was [Gustafsson], I’d want to get another fight in before taking on Jon Jones,” UFC president Dana White said on FUEL TV’s post-fight show. “He could fight again. I’m hearing Dan Henderson’s knee isn’t better, so maybe Gustafsson should fight [Lyoto] Machida next.” Henderson and Machida have long been rumored for a tango. However, an official fight date has still yet to be announced. Although White previously professed the winner of last night’s shootout would get next dibs at the 205-pound crown, Gustafsson appears content with having to take another bout in the interim. It doesn’t help that current champion Jon Jones isn’t scheduled
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