The most anticipated light heavyweight rematch in UFC history will once again have to wait. On Wednesday, it was announced Alexander Gustafsson has to withdraw from his September 27 sequel against champion Jon Jones due to undisclosed injury.
Don’t rip up your UFC 178 tickets just yet. Daniel Cormier (pictured) has agreed to serve as substitute.
It’s no secret there’s no love lost between Jones and Cormier. The bitter rivals have been going back-and-forth verbally for the past couple of years. In fact, the first words out of Cormier’s mouth after he submitted Dan Henderson in his last outing was…
“Jon Jones, you can’t run away from me forever,” Cormier stated during his in-octagon interview. “I’m the kid at the wrestling tournament that is always in your bracket. No matter where you go, I’m coming. You better hurry because I’m getting better.”
Jones is the most decorated champion the UFC’s light heavyweight division has ever seen. The 27-year-old collected his seventh straight title defense by beating Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.
Cormier is perfect through his first 15 professional fights. The former Olympic wrestler has claimed for years that he possesses the arsenal to dethrone Jones.
Now he has the chance to back up his words.
No word on how long Gustafsson will be forced to ride the pine.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s updated agenda:
Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard
Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson
Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones (UFC light heavyweight champion)