Jon Jones Injured, Fight Moved to UFC 182
The UFC’s most awaited bout of the fall has been moved to a later date after UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has suffered a “leg injury” while training, according to the UFC.
Jones was scheduled to defend his title against former Olympian Daniel” DC” Cormier at the main event of UFC 178 on September 27. Instead, Jones and Cormier will settle their differences during the UFC’s traditional year- ender at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which is scheduled for January 3, 2015.
Jones was originally scheduled to face Swedish fighter and #1 contender Alexander Gustafsson at the main event of UFC 178 in a rematch of their thrilling UFC 165 title bout last year. But Gustafsson suffered a knee injury last month which forced the UFC to substitute him with the number 2 ranked Cormier. Jones and Cormier were involved in a pre-fight brawl last week during a press conference promoting the event.
Cormier was “disappointed” with Jones’ withdrawal from UFC 178, saying that he would’ve fought Jones on a “jacked up knee” just to win the title, referring to the knee injury he has been having since his last fight against Dan Henderson last May.
He also said that he was initially concerned that the UFC would put him behind Alexander Gustafsson again, since the Swedish Mauler would be ready to fight on January 3 following knee surgery last week. Immediately after the announcement of Jones’ injury, Gustafsson rightfully asked the UFC to reinstate his rematch with Jones at UFC 182. But the UFC stood by its decision to let Cormier face Jones on January 3.
New Main Event
The new main event of UFC 178 will now be the flyweight championship battle between the reigning champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and #8 ranked Chris Cariaso. This title bout was supposed to be the co-main event of UFC 177 this coming August 30 in Sacramento, but was pulled out by the promotion to replace the Jones-Cormier tiff.
Although the Jones-Cormier fight was clearly the top draw of the event and possibly of the entire year, UFC 178 still has a powerhouse undercard which include the can’t miss Connor McGregor-Dustin Poirier showdown, the comeback fights of UFC women’s top contender Cat Zingano and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
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