UFC 165 Officially Announced, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Set for Sept. 21 in Toronto

July 3, 2013
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Jon-Jones-UFC-136-368-478x270UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones returns to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 21 to defend his title against Swedish contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson at UFC 165.

At just 25 years old, Jones is one the most dominant fighters in UFC light heavyweight history. His 12 wins are second most in the division’s history, while his five consecutive title defenses tie him with UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz’s light heavyweight record.

Gustafsson, 26, enters the bout with a near spotless record, having won six straight, while holding a 15-1 all-time record (7-1 in the UFC). Injury forced him off an April card in his native Sweden, however, his previous bout saw him earn a unanimous decision over former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in December 2012.

“Jon Jones is re-writing the record book for the light heavyweight division,” UFC President Dana White said. “He is one of the pound-for-pound best in the world with a record-tying five straight title defenses by age 25. This bout with Gustafsson is an awesome fight. Alex is a big man plus he’s mean and hungry – and excited for the opportunity to fight Jones.”

Tickets for the event go on sale July 11.

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  • Flock__of__Burgers

    I won’t be surprised if the attendance goes down even further with this event. While Jon Jones is an amazing fighter, it’s time for a new headliner in Toronto.

    • AXE MURDERER

      Are you smoking crack Tim???

      • Fried_Chicken

        Just pot. And ham.

    • LH

      I agree!!!

    • Cptmats

      All Canadian venues sell out fast ! Especially Toronto !

      • PhranktheTank

        Toronto actually didn’t sell out for the last event, I bought tickets the day of

        • Fried_Chicken

          It didn’t sell-out for UFC 140 either. I was there and there were empty seats throughout the arena.

          UFC 152’s attendance was about 1500 lower than 140s.

      • Fried_Chicken

        UFC 154 wasn’t a complete sell-out.