Alexander Gustafsson (pictured) has just been assigned his second opponent in 10 days. The UFC reported Tuesday afternoon via Twitter that Gustafsson will now fight Jimi Manuwa when the Octagon returns to London, England.
Gustafsson was originally slated to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the March 8 event, but “Little Nog” was forced to withdraw due to lingering back issues just five days after the UFC reported the matchup.
“The Mauler” 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.
UFC president Dana 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.
However, White promised Gustafsson would get next dibs at the crown with a win over Nogueira. We’re assuming the stakes won’t change with the opponent change.
Manuwa is unbeaten in 14 professional fights, with his last three coming in the big leagues. “Poster Boy” was seen just last month posting a TKO victory over Ryan Jimmo.
O2 Arena will host the festivities. Fox Sports 1 is expected to broadcast the main card live in America.
Here are the athletes expected to perform in the show:
Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa