UFC 178, Jones-Gustafsson rematch move to Las Vegas
JUL 04, 2014 8:58p ET
LAS VEGAS -- Toronto's loss is Las Vegas' gain.
The UFC 178 pay-per-view that is set to feature the anticipated light-heavyweight championship rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson has been re-routed to Sin City. The date will remain the same as originally announced, on Sept. 27.
The announcement was made during a live edition of UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1 on Friday.
A UFC official told FOX Sports that a determination has not yet been made on whether the event would take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena or the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Back in January, the UFC had first announced that the promotion planned to hold its Sept. 27 show in Toronto.
The UFC always showed in interest in hosting the Jones-Gustafsson in Las Vegas, however, but when Jones balked at an August date in the city, the fight was moved back a month.
Soon afterward, the UFC confirmed that Toronto was no longer a lock for the date that had long been penciled in.
In some ways, a Toronto staging would have made perfect sense. The first bout between the two took place in Sept. 2013 in the city's Air Canada Centre, with Jones coming back from a two rounds to one deficit to outlast Gustafsson in a unanimous decision.
The result was so close that there were calls for an immediate rematch, but instead, the UFC went in different directions, setting up Gustafsson with Jimi Manuwa, and Jones with Glover Teixeira. Both went on to win their respective fights, setting up the second match between them.
Jones is still favored to win the rematch. The UFC said that a venue is expected to be announced in the coming days.