Gustafsson has agreed to fight Jones at UFC 177 on Aug. 30 in Las Vegas. UFC officials confirmed the news after company co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta spilled the news to ESPN on Saturday.
The only hold-up at the moment is Jones agreeing to the same.
“Yes, that’s true,” Gustafsson’s manager, Manos Terzitane, told ESPN. “We were offered to fight on the card at the end of August in Las Vegas.
“This is a big fight. The first title fight was the best fight in UFC history. We’re just hoping Jones will accept the fight.”
“Gustafsson just signed a new deal and he signed the bout agreement for that fight,” said UFC president Dana White on Saturday night. “Now we’re working on Jones.”
After his victory over Glover Teixeira in April, Jones avoided talking about the proposed rematch, and as of the time of publication, there had been no word from Jones or his management about whether or not they would accept a UFC 177 showdown with Gustafsson.
Part of the hold-up, however, according to White, is that not only do they have to iron out details of this specific fight with Jones, they are also working on a new contract for Jones, which could take a little time.