Swede Alexander Gustafsson will again join the biggest stars in the UFC as the leading promotion will GO BIG on Friday, September 4. UFC President Dana White will join the top fighters in the world in advance of UFC 191 to preview the upcoming lineup for the Las Vegas festivities. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be streamed live on ufc.com.
Alexander Gustafsson will join other fighters shooting for the title later in the year, including Carlos Condit, Luke Rockhold, Donald Cerrone, and Holly Holm, along with UFC champions Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor, Robbie Lawler, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rafael Dos Anjos. Legends such as Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort and several others will be in attendance.
GO BIG will launch September 26 with UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARNETT vs. NELSON and will culminate on January 2, 2016 with UFC® 195: ROUSEY vs. HOLM. Strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her title at UFC 195, opponent to be determined, marking the first ever UFC event in which the main and co-main events feature women’s title defenses. The campaign will also include a special two-event weekend, featuring THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM MCGREGOR vs. TEAM FABER FINALE (Friday, Dec. 11) and UFC 194 (Saturday, Dec. 12).
Following the announcement, the UFC invites media and fans to attend the UFC 191 weigh-ins at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The following athletes will headline UFC events during the GO BIG seasonal campaign:
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARNETT vs. NELSON
Sunday, September 27 (Saturday, September 26 in U.S.) at Saitama Arena in Tokyo, Japan
· Josh Barnett – former UFC heavyweight champion and No. 8 heavyweight contender
· Roy Nelson – No. 12 heavyweight contender
UFC® 192: CORMIER vs. GUSTAFSSON
Saturday, October 3 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
· Daniel Cormier – UFC light heavyweight champion
· Alexander Gustafsson – No. 2 light heavyweight contender
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. DUFFY
Saturday, October 24 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
· Dustin Poirier – No. 13 lightweight contender
· Joseph Duffy – lightweight contender
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HENDERSON vs. BELFORT
Saturday, November 7 at Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil
· Dan Henderson – former STRIKEFORCE® and PRIDE® champion
· Vitor Belfort – former UFC light heavyweight champion and No. 4 middleweight contender
UFC® 193: LAWLER vs. CONDIT
Sunday, November 15 (Saturday, November 14 in U.S.) at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
· Robbie Lawler – UFC welterweight champion
· Carlos Condit – former UFC interim welterweight champion and No. 4 welterweight contender
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BROWN vs. GASTELUM
Saturday, November 21 at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico
· Matt Brown – No. 5 welterweight contender
· Kelvin Gastelum – No. 14 welterweight contender
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HENDERSON vs. ALVES
Saturday, November 28 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, Korea
· Benson Henderson – former UFC lightweight champion
· Thiago Alves – No. 13 welterweight contender
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM MCGREGOR vs. TEAM FABER FINALE
Friday, December 11 at TBD in Las Vegas, Nev.
· Fight card to be announced
· The Ultimate Fighter® season 22 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
UFC® 194: ALDO vs. MCGREGOR
Saturday, December 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
· Jose Aldo – UFC featherweight champion
· Conor McGregor – UFC interim featherweight champion
· Chris Weidman – UFC middleweight champion
· Luke Rockhold – former STRIKEFORCE® middleweight champion and No. 1 middleweight contender
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DOS ANJOS vs. CERRONE
Saturday, December 19 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
· Rafael Dos Anjos – UFC lightweight champion
· Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone – No. 2 lightweight contender
UFC® 195: ROUSEY vs. HOLM
Saturday, January 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
· Ronda Rousey – UFC women’s bantamweight champion
· Holly Holm – No. 9 UFC women’s bantamweight contender
· Joanna Jedrzejczyk – UFC women’s strawweight champion
Gustafsson is currently training in Stockholm at Allstars Training Center. The Mauler will be traveling to Las Vegas for this event next Friday, the back home to Sweden before heading back to Texas for his bout on October 3rd.