After a hectic week of insinuations and allegations, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has made an official announcement that Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones would face mixed martial arts artist Alexander Gustafsson to defend his title. The fight will take place on September 27.
The rematch bout will be taking place during UFC 178 in Toronto, Canada.
It may be noted that Jones won an undisputed decision against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September 2013. The 26-year-old mixed martial arts artist is currently 20-1 in MMA, and recently defeated Glover Teixeira at the UFC in April.
On the other hand, 27-year-old Gustafsson is currently 16-2 in MMA. However, he has only fought once since his fight with Jones, when he beat Jimi Manuwa, which took place in March 2014.
Meanwhile, a report Thursday mentioned that Jones and his manager Malki Kawa visited Los Angeles for a meeting with Lorenzo Feritta, and UFC President Dana F. White, to discuss the details regarding the ensuing fight. In fact, it was reported that Jones actually wanted a bout with Daniel Cornier, a two-time Olympian, to supersede the fight with Gustafsson. However, the UFC insisted that he fight Cornier on a later date.
After the issue was settled and Jones signed the contract, he told UFC.com, "There was never an issue with a contract. I was traveling and finally got to Vegas and got to talk with Dana and Lorezno. We talked and September 27th, I'll be fighting Gustafsson."