Alexander Gustafsson (16-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) who was scheduled to face Jon Jones at UFC 178 for the Light heavyweight title is now off. UFC officials confirmed it today. Gustafsson was injured during his training camp for the rematch. Now, Daniel Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will instead challenge for the belt at the Sept. 27 event in Vegas.
Jon Jones (20-1) has an 11 fight winning streak. He defeated Maurício Rua via TKO to win the title in 2011 and went on to defend his title six times with wins over fighters named: Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and finally back in September against Alexander Gustafsson. He is coming off a win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.
Daniel Cormier (15-0) has six knockouts, four submissions and five decision victories in his MMA career. In his last five fights he has beaten the top names that MMA has to offer. He beat Josh Barnett via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Barnett vs. Cormier on May / 19 / 2012 and Dion Staring via TKO at Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013. He made his UFC return against Frank Mir and won the fight via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013. He then beat Roy Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013 and then in his next fight he knocked out Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann on Feb / 22 / 2014. He is coming off a win over Dan Henderson at UFC 173 via submission.
Down below is how the card looks like:
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