Having been advertised as one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 2 will not be happening on September 27th. Gustafsson tore his meniscus in training and the UFC has confirmed that Daniel Cormier will be taking his spot at UFC 178.
Cormier (15-0) last fought in May against Dan Henderson, ragdolling Hendo before choking him unconscious in the final round of a grossly lopsided affair. He's 2-0 at light heavyweight, after running through Strikeforce's HW Grand Prix and then beating Frank Mir and Roy Nelson in the UFC. The 35-year-old brings with him a decorated wrestling career and just on credentials alone is the best wrestler that Jones has been booked against.
What's interesting about this decision is the fact that Cormier spoke to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani last month about plans to undergo knee surgery to repair his torn LCL in his right knee. He was expected to be out for several months while waiting for the Jones/Gus winner to emerge. Now with Gustafsson out, it's since been revealed that Cormier delayed surgery and is "good to go" for this fight.
With Jones vs. Cormier official, Cormier has already fired off the first bit of trash talking on Twitter:
@JonnyBones and the new.......— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 23, 2014