While the UFC has announced the bout and the date, they're dancing around the fact that they haven't yet got the champion in on the act. It's been reported that Alexander Gustafsson will get his rematch against Jon Jones on August 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada, most likely at UFC 177. But, Jon Jones has yet to officially agree to the bout. That's a pretty major hurdle when booking a fight that the champion has been notably reluctant to make the second time over. As the UFC announced on it's own website "Gustafsson signs on for Jones rematch." A good sign, but not a great one.
And this isn't the first time that such plans have backfired for the UFC. Attempts to book Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against Phil Davis and Gilbert Melendez against Khabib Nurmagomedov both turned into somewhat public disasters as Melendez took the opportunity to renegotiate his contract, and Nogueira claimed to still be suffering from injury and was promptly removed from the UFC rankings. Both situations would be cleared down the line, but it was a couple of good examples that announcing the bout before the agreement hasn't always served the promotion well.
Gus: Jones 'does what it takes to not fight me'
Top UFC Light Heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson tells BT Sports that champion Jon Jones "does what it takes to not fight me" following their brutal split decision at UFC 164.
Still, this fight has felt like something of a given since Gustafsson was able to win his bounce-back bout against Jimi Manuwa. Jones breezed past Glover Teixeira and as far as fans are concerned, Jones vs. Gus 2 is a done deal... right? Let's hope the news in the next few days is good.