Alexander Gustafsson Talks Jon Jones, Cormier and Eye Pokes in Reddit AMA

Hunter Homistek@HunterAHomistekCorrespondent IMay 28, 2014

Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Alexander Gustafsson before the start of his fight against Jon Jones (not pictured) during their Light Heavyweight Championship bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC's No. 1-ranked light heavyweight, Alexander Gustafsson, answered a variety of questions Tuesday afternoon during a reddit AMA (ask me anything). 

These popular events are hosted on, and they provide the website's massive user base the opportunity to ask celebrities and notable personalities anything they wish for a designated period of time. 

During Gustafsson's time throughout the AMA, he talked UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, rising 205-pound contender Daniel Cormier and an assortment of other hot-button topics and issues. 

Here are some highlights from the event: 


Question: How much water weight do you cut before a fight? How much do you weigh when you step into the cage on fight night?

Gustafsson's Response: About 30 pounds and I weigh around 217-220 when I fight

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QuestionWhat rules if any would you change in MMA? Soccer kicks, downward elbows, faster stand-ups? Also who is your favourite European fighter ever?

Gustafsson: I'm happy with the rules, we [don't] have to change anything. My favourite fighter is Fedor!

QuestionWho do you think would have given you the best fight in their prime. Tito Ortiz Chuck Liddell Rampage Shogun or Ricardo Arona

Gustafsson: Shogun

Question: Thanks for the AMA! How often do you get recognized out in public? Any amusing stories like that you can share?

Gustafsson: It happens [a lot] nowadays. Everywhere. It doesn't matter where I am.


As expected, Gustafsson thinks he beat Jon Jones at UFC 165, but it also appears that he's looking forward to his next shot at the light heavyweight champion, where he can definitively prove he is the superior fighter.

While Gustafsson seems to have taken his controversial loss to Jones well, he sounded off on the champ's questionable use of eye pokes inside the cage, saying that the technique is "something he [Jones] needs to stop doing." 

"The Mauler" also sees a fight with Daniel Cormier in his future. Cormier, who just defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 173, appears to be next in line for a title fight after Jones and Gustafsson settle their score later this year. 

In addition, Gustafsson was asked about how he would fare in a fight with UFC legend and former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. The Swede did not sound confident in his chances. 

Question: You think you could take GSP?

Gustafsson: No. 


For a full recap of Gustafsson's AMA, including important responses such as his thoughts on meatballs and who should play him in a movie of his life, follow this link.

Fair warning, once you get sucked into reddit, you may not come back. At the very least, you won't come back the same as you entered. 

Good luck, and enjoy the AMA.