Posted by LuckyCharms
I believe Gustafsson wants to keep improving and learning after each of his fights to be better prepare to fight Jones. Some fighters improve better when fighting instead of training year around.
If Gustafsson can't beat Machida then he knows he doesn't stand a chance to beat Jones. So if Gustafsson loses, he will go back to the drawing board to find where his weakness is and improve that aspect.
All in all, if Gustafsson loses to Machida, it's a small trip than compare to losing to Jones and having to fight from the bottom to get back up to a title shot again.
Machida and Jones are totally different fighters. Even if he lost to Machida, that doesn't defacto mean he couldn't beat Jones.
I don't think he would beat either guy, I'm just saying that MMAath doesn't work.
In other words, I don't really have anything substantive to disagree with you about but I'm just kinda being a dick (realized this as I was writing my reply.)