According to a July 23 report from Yahoo! Sports, Daniel Cormier (15-0) has stepped in for the injured Alexander Gustafsson (16-2) to battle UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (20-1) in the main event of UFC 178. Cormier, 35, is 15-0 overall, including wins over Dan Henderson, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. There's no question that he's an elite wrestler, but how will he stack up against Jones? Fight fans will find out on Sept. 27, when he takes center stage against the champ.
Jones, 27, is still in his athletic prime. He has never lost since joining the UFC in 2008, besides a flukey disqualification to Matt Hamill. Jones, who was originally supposed to rematch Gustafsson, is coming off a lopsided win over Glover Teixeira. If he beats Cormier, the rematch with Gustafsson would likely happen in early-2015. Jones will enjoy a five-inch height advantage over Cormier, along with a nice reach advantage.
Besides Jones vs. Cormier, the UFC 178 main card also features an exciting tilt pitting fast-rising superstar Conor McGregor against Dustin Poirier. McGregor, 26, is viewed as the future face of the UFC, as he's one of the promotion's hottest young commodities. He is undoubtedly one of the UFC's brightest young stars, but he hasn't yet faced a top 25 contender. If McGregor is able to slip past Poirier, it would be the biggest win of his career.
Poirier is currently ranked at No. 10 in the featherweight division, so whoever wins this clash will definitely be considered a top 10 contender. Elsewhere on the UFC 178 bill, Dominick Cruz returns from a three-year absence to fight Takeya Mizugaki. Cruz, 28, is still young enough to make a run at the UFC's bantamweight title. He has been battling leg and groin injuries for several injuries. In other action, Cat Zingano battles Amanda Nunes at UFC 178.
Zingano vs. Nunes could have major title implications, as the winner will certainly be considered for a future fight against UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey. Gina Carano is likely to get the next crack at Rousey, but whoever wins between Zingano and Nunes could get the next crack after that. Also on the UFC 178 main card, Tim Kennedy fights Yoel Romero. UFC 178 is set for Sept. 27 in Las Vegas.