alexander-gustafsson-9.jpgWINNIPEG – The title fight between UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (18-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Alexander Gustafsson (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) will headline UFC 165 in Toronto.

UFC President Dana White today confirmed the plans at UFC 161's open workouts in Winnipeg.

Earlier today, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) White tweeted that the fight likely would take place in the fall, though he initially didn’t get mention an event.

UFC 165 is slated for Sept. 21 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The main card, which will feature Jones vs. Gustafsson in the headliner, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Jones is ranked No. 1 and Gustafsson No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA light-heavyweight rankings.

After winning the title from Mauricio Rua at UFC 128, Jones has successfully defended the belt against Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort before making quick work of Chael Sonnen, who was stopped with elbows and punches in the first round of their April fight. Since a disqualification loss to Matt Hamill in 2009, Jones has won nine straight fights with eight stoppages. Only Evans went the distance.

Gustafsson, meanwhile, is on a six-fight win streak since his lone career loss, which came to now-teammate Phil Davis in 2010. He claimed No. 1 contender’s status with recent decision victories over Thiago Silva and ex-champ Rua. Gustafsson was slated to fight Gegard Mousasi in April’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner but wasn’t medically cleared due to facial a cut. The Jones title fight would be the Swede’s first bout of 2013.

For the latest on UFC 165, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Alexander Gustafsson)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson Announced: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

  • 26 days ago
  • 47 views

Rafael Dos Anjos will face Tony Ferguson in a five-round lightweight clash in the headline bout of the UFC's event at Mexico City's Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday, November 5. UFC Europe relayed read news >>

Cris Cyborg Reportedly to Headline UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil

  • 26 days ago
  • 61 views

Despite holding the Invicta FC featherweight title, it appears that Cris "Cyborg" Justino's next fight will be in the UFC Octagon. read news >>

UFC Confirms Cris Cyborg Brasilia Headliner, Silva vs. Thatch, and Several Other Bouts

  • 25 days ago
  • 53 views

UFC officials confirmed Cris Cyborg vs. Lina Lansberg would headline UFC Fight Night 95, as well as announced several other bouts for the fight card. read news >>

Cris Cyborg Returning to UFC in September to Headline Fight Night Event

  • 24 days ago
  • 14 views

Cris "Cyborg" Justino is coming back! After a few months of uncertainty, the former Strikeforce featherweight champion, current Invicta FC featherweight champion and longtime arch-rival to Ronda Rous read news >>

Jon Jones Takes Plea Deal in Drag Racing Case

  • 18 days ago
  • 37 views

Jon Jones, already on probation for a felony hit-and-run case, accepted a plea deal in Albuquerque Metropolitan Court on Thursday. read news >>

Jon Jones Teases Quick Return from USADA Suspension in Instagram Post

  • 14 days ago
  • 23 views

Jon Jones has had a rough 12 months, but the former UFC light heavyweight champ feels like things are starting to turn around. That seems to be the case, at least, as Jones indicated he may be back i read news >>

Ricardo Lamas vs. BJ Penn Announced for UFC Manila: Latest Details and Reaction

  • 14 days ago
  • 28 views

Ricardo Lamas will face BJ Penn in UFC Manila's headline fight, the UFC announced on Monday. UFC Asia tweeted the news: The featherweights will step into the Octagon on Saturday, October 15. More to read news >>

Jon Jones Says He’ll Be Back in the Octagon ‘Really Soon’

  • 14 days ago
  • 24 views

UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones sounds as if he's come into some good news regarding his UFC Anti-Doping Policy case. read news >>

Dana White Says it Looks Like Jon Jones Took ‘Something Else,’ Could Be Good News

  • 13 days ago
  • 107 views

Dana White on Tuesday appeared to back Jon Jones' recent statement that he could be back really soon. read news >>

Anthony Johnson Video: Stop Talking About Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, I Have to Fight Glover

  • 12 days ago
  • 11 views

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has a big fight in front of him in the form of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 on Aug. 20. If it's all the same with you, he'd really like it if everyone would quit asking him abo read news >>