It’s going to feel like deja vu all over again for UFC fans in Toronto.
The UFC announced that light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, ranked as pound-for-pound the best fighter in the organization, will fight Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 178 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 27. It will be the second title fight between the two in 372 days, both in Toronto.
At UFC 165, Jones posted a unanimous-decision win over Gustafsson in a five-round thriller at the ACC a year before – Sept. 21, 2013 – their scheduled rematch date.
"Jones vs Gustafsson is on!!!," UFC president Dana White tweeted.
Gustafsson, the No. 1 contender in the weight class, got a second shot at Jones ahead of No. 2 Daniel Cormier, who is 15-0 and looking good since dropping down from heavyweight.
"I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson,” Jones said on the UFC’s website. “There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight. The issue was that my brother is getting married in July and I would have preferred a later date. I didn't want to go this early and I would have preferred to go later in October or November. It is what it is.”
At UFC 165, Jones and Gustafsson were awarded fight of the night bonuses after a back-and-forth tilt that some considered among the best fights of the year. A chance to watch the two fighters to go at it again trumped a potential Jones-Cormier tilt.
“The great thing about this is, we get Jones vs Gustaffson, and if Jones beats Gustafsson, we get Jones vs. Cormier,” White said. “Two great fights in the light-heavyweight division with three of the baddest guys in the world: The pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and champion Jon Jones, and the number one and two contenders.”
No other fights have been announced for the UFC 178 card.