Gustafsson Injured, Daniel Cormier Replaced Him Against Jon Jones
The biggest rematch of the year is off of the UFC schedule.
The biggest rematch of the year is off of the UFC schedule, as top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson is out of his planned UFC 178 fight with champion Jon "Bones" Jones. Those anticipating the card need not worry about quality however, as unbeaten Olympian Daniel Cormier has stepped up to face the champion instead. Gustafsson sustained a torn meniscus while training, and was forced to withdraw from the bout set for September 27. Cormier was slated to undergo knee surgery to repair a torn LCL and damaged ACL earlier this month, but instead opted to delay the procedure, in the event that an injury to Jones or Gustafsson occurred. It seems as if this decision was the right one, as Cormier, who has never lost a round in his MMA career, will now be competing for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Cormier and Jones have plenty of history, as the two have traded verbal jabs for several years. Jones actually requested a bout with Cormier prior to accepting the re-match with Gustafsson.Following UFC 178 will take place on September 27, 2014 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will also feature the returns of Dominick Cruz and Cat Zingano from knee injuries. The current UFC 178 fight card is as follows: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson