Alexander Gustafsson will begin the demanding media schedule of promoting a title fight. This week, the Swede flew into Las Vegas for “UFC Fight Week”, where the top UFC fighters from around the world came together for a week of UFC related activities leading up to Saturday’s monster UFC 162 card. Autographs and interviews will be on Gustafsson’s schedule, before heading to Toronto for a Press Conference on Tuesday. The official Press Conference will kick-off ticket sales for the showdown between Jones versus Gustafsson, which will go down on September 21. See the press release from the UFC below.
UFC® LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION JON JONES FACES ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON AT UFC® 165
IN TORONTO ON SEPTEMBER 21
UFC® 165: JONES vs. GUSTAFSSON
Air Canada Centre®
On sale Thursday, July 11
*Press Conference on Tuesday, July 9 in Toronto*
open to the public
Toronto, Canada – UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones returns to Air Canada Centre® in Toronto on Saturday, September 21 to defend his title against Swedish contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets for this five-round championship bout will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m. EST.
At just 25 years old, Jones is one the most dominant fighters in UFC light heavyweight history. His 12 wins are 2nd 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.
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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 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.”
Jones and Gustafsson will join Tom Wright, UFC Director of Canadian Operations, at a public press conference at Real Sports Bar & Grill® (15 York St., Toronto) on Tuesday, July 9 at 12 p.m. EST.
Tickets for UFC® 165: JONES vs. GUSTAFSSON go on sale Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m. EST and are priced at $450, $300, $200, $150, $95 and $75.