According to an April 27 report from MMA Fighting, Jon Jones' upcoming fight with Alexander Gustafsson is being targeted for a stadium in Sweden. Jones, 26, earned the opportunity for a rematch with Gustafsson by demolishing Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172 in Baltimore. The Jones vs Gustafsson rematch will likely happen later this year.
Gustafsson fought Jones earlier this year, and he was clearly the toughest test of the young champ's career. Gustafsson had Jones rocked several times during the fight, and his height proved to be a difficult challenge for Jones to deal with. Jones usually enjoys a nice height and reach advantage over his opponents, but he didn't have that against Gustafsson.
Since Gustafsson is close to the same size as Jones, neither fighter enjoys a significant height or reach advantage. Their first fight was an absolute barnburner, with plenty of back-and-forth action. Gustafsson came close to stopping Jones, but the champ dug down deep and showed heart by hanging in until the end.
UFC President Dana White thinks the Jones vs Gustafsson rematch could sell out a 60,000-capacity venue in Europe because the fight is so highly-anticipated. The problem is that time differences come into play. If Jones fights Gustafsson in Sweden, the fight would likely air at 4 a.m. local time in most U.S. markets. White says the fight could also go down in Las Vegas.
At present time, it's not clear when the Jones vs Gustafsson rematch will go down. In all likelihood, the UFC wants the fight to happen on the annual year-end card in December, which is traditionally the promotion's biggest card of the year. Jones has now successfully defended his light heavyweight title seven times, and he's being mentioned as one of the best ever.
If Jones beats Gustafsson again, he'll likely fight the winner of Daniel Cormier vs Dan Henderson. Anthony Johnson has also jumped back into the title picture. With so many top contenders in the mix at light heavyweight, Jones has stated he doesn't plan to move to heavyweight.