After defending his title against Chael Sonnen, American Jon Jones has a new challenger in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC): Swede Alexander Gustafsson has been confirmed as the new opponent heavyweight champion. The announcement was made by Dana White on Thursday, when he took to confirm the date of the fight: September 21 at UFC 165 to be held in Canada.
Had expected the fight between Jones and Gustafsson in the MMA world. On Thursday morning, the rumors got even bigger after Dana replied to a fan on Twitter saying that this fight would actually happen. Then, at a news conference this afternoon, UFC president made the official announcement.
Jon Jones is unbeaten in nine fights in the UFC, but had fractured her toe in the victory over Sonnen in April - so his return was expected after October, but he quickly recovered and asked that his new fight was scheduled quickly. However, confirmation of the fight against Gustafson frustrates the expectations of a superfight against Anderson Silva, who will face Chris Weidman in July.
Gustafsson is now unbeaten in six matches, but has not fought this year - he would face Gegard Mousasi in April, but had an injury at the last minute so it was cut out of the card for UFC Sweden.