UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones won't be defending his title against Daniel Cormier at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 due to a leg injury that he suffered during training, as was announced on Fox Sports 1 last night. But Cormier will still get his title shot on Jan. 3, 2015. That may seem like a long wait, but at least there won't be any way to blame the outcome on injuries or fate rather than skills.
Fans will still get their money's worth at UFC 178 with a flyweight title bout between Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and Chris Cariaso as main event.
Since Cormier is touted to be the number one contender for the light heavyweight title and has generated major attention when he got into a brawl with Jones, he was assured by UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that Alexander Gustafsson wouldn't benefit from this fight card change.
Although, it might have been fair to give Gustafsson another title shot against Jones since he nearly beat him at UFC 165 in Toronta last year and was originally scheduled to face the champ on Sept. 27. But when Gustafsson had to bow out of the fight due to a training injury he suffered in Sweden, the timing for Cormier to take his slot seemed perfect. But now with Jones being out of commission as well, it might make make sense to restore the previous order of contenders, with Gustafsson leading the pack.
If you had your heart set on watching Jones vs. Cormier and already purchased your tickets for UFC 178, the UFC gives you until Aug. 22 to request a refund, according to a recent press release.