Alexander Gustafsson To Fight Anthony Johnson on January 24th
Top UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson has been booked to fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the main event of a UFC on Fox fight card on January 24, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Next Title Challenger
The fight was announced by no less than UFC President Dana White via social media last Wednesday. According to White, the event will likely be held at the Tele2 Arena and will “likely produce the next title challenger.”
Gustafsson is the promotion’s number one contender who had to withdraw from his title shot and rematch with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 179 because of a knee injury. On the other hand, Johnson is the #3 ranked contender who is coming off dominant wins over Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Noguiera earlier this year in his return to the UFC. Both men were slated to fight each other next month but that fight had to be scrapped after Johnson was suspended as a result of a civil protection case filed against him by the mother of two of his children for alleged assault and battery. That case was dropped in a Florida court last November 6th, prompting the UFC to reinstate Johnson.
An Epic Event
Gustafsson hailed the bout as an Epic Event with the venue being more suited for a football match rather than an MMA event. The Tele2 Arena can seat around 30,000 fans but Gustafsson wants more than that cheering him on in what he calls the “start of his journey back to the top”. The 27-year old Swede has fought only once this year and that was a 2nd round knockout win over Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 last March.
Meanwhile, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson said that he is not intimidated to be fighting in Gustafsson’s home turf. He said that he will go there looking for the knockout and prove that he is indeed next in line to fight for that light heavyweight title. The UFC’s light heavyweight belt will de disputed by champion Jon Jones and replacement challenger and the UFC’s #2 ranked light heavyweight Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 on January 3rd, 2015.
A Good Battle
This is a good battle between two top quality fighters and is not easy to call. The fight is very competitive on paper because both men have elite striking and good wrestling. However, Gustafsson looks like he’s got the edge over Johnson because he’s got a more diverse striking game. The Swedish Mauler also has the experience of fighting the better quality of opposition than Rumble. But Johnson does have the knockout power which can definitely rock Gustafsson. Alex does have a strong chin as proven in his first fight with Jones but if he gets clean by Rumble, he could be in for a tough night.
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