Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will have their rematch in Las
Vegas. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The highly-anticipated light heavyweight championship rematch
between Jon Jones and
Gustafsson finally has a location.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced during Friday’s special edition
of UFC Tonight that the bout will be held in Las Vegas. Initially,
Toronto and Stockholm were also in the running to host the Sept. 27
clash, but ultimately Sin City got the nod.
It has not been decided whether
UFC 178 will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay
Bay Events Center. No other fights have been announced for the
This marks the first time that Jones will put his belt on the line
in Las Vegas, the UFC’s home base. Since capturing the 205-pound
crown against Mauricio Rua
in Newark, N.J., “Bones” has defended the strap in Denver, Toronto,
Atlanta, Toronto, Newark, Toronto, and finally, Baltimore.
Gustafsson gave Jones the most difficult test of his pro career
this past September at UFC 165, but the champ rallied to pull out a
competitive unanimous verdict. Since then, Jones took a dominant
decision over Glover
Teixeira in April, while Gustafsson scored a second-round TKO
against Jimi Manuwa