Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 4/28/13

Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) and his team recently released a Harlem Shake video that featured his friends holding up signs that read ”Jon Jones You Are Next.” After Jones steamrolled Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 on Saturday, “Bones” said he’s more than willing to oblige.  However, Jones is the division’s reigning king. So Gustafsson is the one who would be “next.” UFC president Dana White previously promised Lyoto Machida next dibs at Jones’ crown after beating Dan Henderson in February. However, White did the same thing when “The Dragon” put Ryan Bader to sleep only to do an about-face shortly after. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a total shocker if White changed course once again, particularly since Jones already submitted Machida in December 2011 and his biggest mainstream superstar is requesting fresh meat. “I fought Lyoto Machida before,” Jones stated at the post-fight press conference. “And I fight for the love of the sport, I fight for the people that support me, but I also fight to prove my critics wrong. So, a lot of people believe I’ve been successful because I appear to be larger than my opponents, and with Alexander Gustafsson, that would be no more. “So fighting Alexander Gustafsson – a guy who’s six feet six or six feet five, pretty long arms himself, pretty long legs – I think that would be a great thing and that’s who I would love to fight next.” Unfortunately, there’s a big problem for the two. Jones broke the big toe on his left foot during his assault on Sonnen so he could be riding the pine for quite some time. Jones tied UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz for the most successful light heavyweight title defenses in Octagon history with his destruction of Sonnen. The 25-year-old will be in a class all his own if he’s able to retain his crown one more time – some believe Jones already is. Gustafsson was slated to fight Gegard Mousasi earlier this month, but was pulled at the 11th hour after suffering a gash underneath his left eyebrow. “The Mauler” has rattled off six straight wins, with his most recent coming in December’s thrashing over former champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

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