MENU
#Conor McGregor #Bellator NYC #Johny Hendricks #UFC Fight Night 112 #Nate Diaz #Wanderlei Silva #Chael Sonnen #UFC 202 #Tim Boetsch #Bellator MMA #LFA 14 #Hayder Hassan #Colbey Northcutt #Courtney King #UFC Fight Night 111


daniel-cormier-ufc-173The rematch will have to wait, but UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) still has a big fight on the horizon.

UFC officials today announced a training injury has forced Alexander Gustafsson (16-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) out a planned UFC 178 main event with Jones, and Daniel Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will instead challenge for the belt at the Sept. 27 event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Jones is currently ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings. Cormier, who’s ranked No. 3, replaces No. 2 Gustafsson.

Cormier, a former Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion, has long made clear his intentions of facing Jones for the belt. A two-time Olympic wrestler, Cormier made the move to 205 pounds earlier this year with the sole intention of a title showdown. He’s already picked up light-heavyweight victories over Dan Henderson and Patrick Cummins and was hoping to jump ahead of Gustafsson in the line waiting to fight for the title.

He’s now done that, albeit in a less direct fashion that he originally intended.

More on this momentarily.

With the change to the lineup, UFC 178 now includes:

  • Champ Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier – for light heavyweight title
  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
  • Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
  • Amanda Nunes vs. Cat Zingano
  • Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard
  • Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson

For more on UFC 178, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Daniel Cormier)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Coach Winkeljohn: Jon Jones will finish Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson in rematches

  • 15 days ago
  • 51 views

Jon Jones’ longtime coach, Mike Winkeljohn, guarantees the former UFC light heavyweight champion will not only show up for his UFC 214 title rematch with Daniel Cormier, but he’s going to win more im read news >>

Daniel Cormier: USADA's presence means Jon Jones can't cheat at UFC 214 like before

  • 17 days ago
  • 106 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is very happy the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is now handling drug testing ahead of his UFC 214 rematch with Jon Jones.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Alexander Gustafsson has no problem if Jimi Manuwa gets UFC title shot before him

  • 29 days ago
  • 9 views

STOCKHOLM – UFC Fight Night 109 headliner Alexander Gustafsson wouldn’t mind being next in line for a shot at the 205-pound belt, but says there are no hard feelings should friend and training partne read news >>

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira: UFC Fight Night Stockholm Joe Rogan Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 79 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan breaks down the UFC Fight Night Stockholm main event between Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira going down on Sunday. read news >>

Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira On Point at UFC Stockholm Weigh-ins | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 12 views

Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira are now officially on a collision course to get back into title contention following the UFC Fight Night 109 weigh-in. read news >>

Alexander Gustafsson Has New Motivation Ahead of UFC Stockholm | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 20 views

With the arrival of his first child, Alexander Gustafsson is ready to make another run at the title with a statement win over the dangerous Glover Teixeira. read news >>

Fight Night Stockholm official weigh-in results

  • 29 days ago
  • 6 views

Check out the weigh in results for UFC Fight Night Stockholm, which is headlined by Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira and airs live on FS1 from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunda read news >>

Twitter reacts to Alexander Gustafsson's dominant TKO of Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109

  • 27 days ago
  • 183 views

In a clash of UFC light-heavyweight contenders several years in the making, Alexander Gustafsson earned one of the most crucial victories of his career when he defeated Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight N read news >>

UFC Fight Night 109 results: Alexander Gustafsson batters Glover Teixeira before KO finish

  • 27 days ago
  • 19 views

STOCKHOLM – In his third UFC performance on home soil, Alexander Gustafsson delivered a masterful performance to continue his comeback trail, stopping Glover Teixiera in the fifth round.Filed under: read news >>

Alexander Gustafsson Puts on Master Class, Puts Glover Teixeira Away (UFC Stockholm Results) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago
  • 20 views

In a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked UFC light heavyweights, Alexander Gustafsson showed why he holds the top spot by finishing Glover Teixeira. read news >>