MGM Grand Garden Arena To Host UFC 178: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2

July 22, 2014
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Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson UFC 165 weigh-478x270The UFC announced today that the highly anticipated rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 27. Jones defeated Gustafsson by unanimous decision in the 2013 Fight of the Year. Now, the two will meet again in what could be the biggest fight of 2014.

GRAMMY Award-winning band Kings of Leon announced its 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour will move its Saturday, Sept. 27 performance from the MGM Grand Garden Arena to The Lot along the Las Vegas Strip when it headlines the Boulevard Brew Fest. Young The Giant, Kongos and others will join Kings of Leon for the event presented by MGM Resorts International and Oregon Brewers Festival.

“The first fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson was the greatest light heavyweight fight in the history of the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “This next one is gonna be epic! I really appreciate MGM Resorts, Live Nation and Kings of Leon working together to help us bring this huge fight to Las Vegas.”

With the announcement that the MGM Grand Garden Arena will serve as the official venue of UFC 178, UFC officials also announced a multi-city press tour beginning this week featuring Jones and Gustafsson. The full schedule includes stops in Stockholm, Sweden, New York City, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Like it. Jones wins again. He always bring a new game to each fight, which Gus doesn’t.

    • Seth

      Who knows – that loss was really close and it was for world title. Maybe Gus finally will understand that if you don’t move forward, others will just pass you by. I hope that ignited him to change some stuff and be better :)

  • JP Laurence

    …UFC 178 the fight card that was given to TORONTO (their only 2014 event), then taken away & given to Vegas. Like there isn’t enough UFC fights held there each year already!

    • Seth

      It’s about money. Get used to the fact that without GSP, Canada won’t get as many events. Most likely it’s just better place for UFC business-wise to have this even in Vegas.

      Besides, Canadians shouldn’t bitch about it. Rest of the world is waiting for live events too. I’m from Poland – we were given one (first ever) event this year also and they also took it away. So I know how you feel, but there are countries with even less events than Canada had overall :/

      • AXE MURDERER

        Agree, they took away the LA card at staples center!

        • Seth

          We are all losing cards. Injuries, shifts of fights or not good enough profit prediction. There is so many reason. And as much as I understand how it feel to lose event you were waiting for so long – we can’t really blame UFC for doing what’s right for them. Don’t forget – they are NOT charity organization. If something is not-profitable, we can’t blame for not doing that… :/

  • Scooby

    This is actually one of the few fights that could be interesting anymore. The UFC is crap, the fights have become incredibly boring, all thanks to fat piglet Dana.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Jones may win, but if he does, he will surely take a beating in the process, much like the last time. I personally see Gus winning this one because Gus will break Jones mentally this time. In a way, Gus has already broken Jones mentally. Jones has gone to deep waters and although he won, it seems apparent he doesn’t want to go there again.