The rematch we’ve all been waiting for has been put on hold, as Alexander Gustafsson has suffered an injury in training this week, taking him out of his UFC light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 178. Taking his place will be the unbeaten Daniel Cormier, who has gone 2-0 since entering the 205lbs mix.
Gustafsson’s fight with Jon Jones earned the Fight of the Year in 2013, and the rematch between the two had been eagerly awaited. The UFC confirmed that although Gustafsson is out, his return bout will be for the title against the winner of Jones-Cormier.
In an official statement about the bout, the UFC had this to say:
“The long-awaited rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, scheduled for UFC 178 in Las Vegas on September 27, has been postponed after the Swede suffered an injury in training this week. Although there are scores of hungry challengers waiting for a crack at Jones’ crown, few can rival Daniel Cormier’s burning desire to topple the champ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.”
Daniel Cormier’s last bout was against Dan Henderson, defeating the veteran in dominating fashion and finishing the fight in the third round. Jon Jones, meanwhile, put on a clinic against Glover Teixeira in another defence of his UFC crown.
The pair have exchanged words in the past and, with Cormier being both undefeated and a world class wrestler, this bout should be fun to say the least. The build-up will be equally interesting, as Cormier is a great fight promoter in his own right.
UFC 178 will be headlined by the fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title on September 27 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Jon Jones will look to defend his title for the eighth time, while Daniel Cormier will look to remain unbeaten as a professional.
Update: According to Ariel Helwani, Gustafsson tore his meniscus in training. The injury can take around 3 months to recover, and may require surgery.