FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 12/21: Cris Cyborg potentially injured, Alexander Gustafsson says the Jon Jones era is over, Gegard Mousasi injured, and more

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Cris Cyborg (photo credit Jason Silva © USA Today Sports)

Cyborg Injured?

Twitter user ZombieProphet shared a video today of Cris Cyborg jumping out of a shopping cart and landing flat on a parking lot in what is called an “In My Feelings” challenge. ZombieProphet claims that Cyborg may be injured and her UFC 232 fight with Amanda Nunes may be in jeopardy. Neither UFC or Cyborg have commented publicly on the video and attempts to reach out to Cyborg’s management for comment were not immediately responded to.

Gustafsson ready for Jones fight

Alexander Gustafsson has spent the last five years preparing himself for a rematch with Jon Jones and it is finally about to come to fruition. Speaking to MMAJunkie recently, Gustafsson said that the opportunity to have a rematch with Jones is more important than winning the UFC light heavyweight championship.

“Fighting Jon Jones again, and it’s been five years since we fought – it’s the fight I’ve been wanting for a long time and dreaming about and training for all this time,” he said. “All this time, I’ve been training for this fight. This is it. I’m preparing for him. Every session, I’ve prepared for him. That’s the best guy out there, and that’s the guy I’m beating.”

Gustafsson also said that the era of Jon Jones dominating the light heavyweight division is done.

“At the end of the day, it all comes down to who wants it more,” he said. “I’m just the guy for him. The Jon Era is over. The Jon Era is over, I’m here to take that over and I’m here to beat him, once and for all.”

Gegard Mousasi out of Lovato fight

Gegard Mousasi has been forced to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 214 next month. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has reported that a back injury has sidelined Mousasi for an undetermined amount of time. Bellator has yet to decide if Lovato Jr. will remain on the card. Bellator 214 will be headlined by Ryan Bader taking on Fedor Emelianenko in the finals of the heavyweight grand prix tournament.

Friday Notebook

Luke Rockhold told Submission Radio that he is planning a move to light heavyweight. He said that he has been planning the move for some time but was lured back to middleweight for the Chris Weidman fight at UFC 230 that he eventually pulled out of due to injury.

Paige Van Zant told MMAFighting that she hopes her fight with Rachael Ostovich next month is used “to show powerful women, whether it just be her or whether it be both of us. To show you can fight through adversity and you can fight through these demons and still be a very successful person.”

-Deron Winn has signed with UFC after his win over Tom Lawlor at the Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 pay-per-view.

Fight Announcements

-Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros at UFC Brooklyn on Jan. 19.

-Andre Lee vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC Phoenix on Feb. 17.

-Danny Roberts vs. Claudio Silva at UFC London on March 16.

In case you missed it

-Jones on Cormier: “He doesn’t want to fight me a third time.”





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