“The Mauler” has fought for the belt once before against the current champion, Daniel “DC” Cormier. The Swede came up short in a contentious split-decision loss and now he is chomping at the bit to get a rematch against Cormier.
Although nothing has been officially confirmed, Cormier has named up-and-coming knockout artist, Volkan Oezdemir, as his next opponent. “DC” was reinstated as the champion after Jon Jones tested positive for turinabol and was stripped of the belt. Now, Cormier wants to hit the ground running and defend his title against one of the hottest prospects in the division.
Gustafsson is a patient man, as he is content to wait for his opportunity to fight for the belt again.
“I’ll wait and take it from there. I’m not in a hurry. I’ve had longer stretches between fights than this. I’ll be fine […] We’ll see if DC and Volkan gets confirmed. Then I’ll fight the winner and…I’m pretty sure I’ll fight DC and get my rematch.”
“Volkan does have a puncher’s chance. He has powerful hands as you can see here against Jimi (Manuwa) […] He’s not someone you want to underestimate. He’s a power puncher, but DC is the better fighter. He can take a punch. He has the cardio. He is a better mixed martial artist than Volkan. So, I see DC winning that fight.”
Volkan Oezdemir has called Gustafsson out on Twitter a number of times and while Gustafsson never responded to him, he would have no qualms with stepping into the Octagon with him if he were to beat Cormier.
“Styles make fights. I want to beat DC. I want to avenge my loss. Because of that, I want DC to win […] But if Volkan were to win, that’s fine with me. Then I’ll avenge Jimi.”