John Gunderson eyes return to UFC, says featherweight may be in his future

By John Morgan

Following a three-fight stint in the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion, nine-year veteran John Gunderson has his eyes on a return to the UFC.

And if he makes it back, it may very well be in a new division.

While he’s competing in a lightweight bout at this weekend’s Tachi Palace Fights 8 event in Lemoore, Calif., Gunderson today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he hopes to make it back to the octagon, and he might do so at 145 pounds.

“I don’t want to be one of those guys that jumps on the bandwagon,” Gunderson said. “I see all these guys saying, ‘I can make 145. I’m going to 145.’ Bull[expletive]. You can’t even make 155, and you’re whining about making 155. ‘Put me back in the sauna.’ Come on, you’re not making 145. I can make 145.

“I walk around at 160 right now, so I’m real light. I have some training partners that get up to like 190 or 195 between fights. I don’t get higher than 165. I can make 145 if I wanted to. If it’s right, and if [the UFC] would have me back at 145, I’d definitely go back.”

Gunderson was released by the UFC following a September 2010 loss to Yves Edwards. The defeat ended a three-fight run for Gunderson in the organization in which he went 1-2.

He’s since racked up a submission win over Alejandro Solano Rodriguez at “Xtreme Vale Todo 5: Franca vs. Kheder” and looks to continue the streak against Dominique Robinson at Tachi Palace Fights 8.

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