Alexander Gustafsson’s (pictured) path back to the UFC light heavyweight title has been paved. If Gustafsson beats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on March 8, he will get another crack at reigning champion Jon Jones – assuming Jones successfully defends his throne against Glover Teixeira in early 2014, of course.
UFC president Dana White announced the scrap and the ramifications for Gustafsson during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 30 post-fight press conference.
Gustafsson dropped a heartbreaker to Jones in September. While he became the first man to take “Bones” into deep waters, Gustafsson wound up losing a highly controversial unanimous decision for his efforts.
White was initially intrigued with arranging an immediate rematch between the two, but after re-watching the scrap a few times decided Jones was the clear winner and it was in the best interest of the division to move on.
Nogueira, meanwhile, hasn’t been seen since taking a decision win over former champion Rashad Evans in February. “Little Nog” TKO’d Tito Ortiz in his fight before that.
White didn’t announce which London venue would host the festivities. The UFC has held several shows at O2 Arena and debuted in Wembley Arena in February.