This Saturday, the UFC heads to a massive indoor arena in Sweden for UFC on Fox 14. The main event features the ultra-smooth Alexander Gustafsson taking on Anthony Johnson, who used to be a welterweight but is now one of the most terrifying men in mixed martial arts.
To the layman, this might feel like a setup for Gustafsson. Win the fight, get a rematch with Jon Jones.
They faced off back in September 2013, and Gustafsson took Jones to the limit in the best fight of the year before losing a unanimous decision. It was close enough that many observers actually gave Gustafsson the fight. MMA fans, not known for embracing shades of gray, immediately proclaimed it a robbery of the highest order and demanded a rematch.
But the immediate rematch never happened. Jones allegedly turned down a second fight with the Swede. Gustafsson had to face Jimi Manuwa before earning his rematch, but he then got injured and saw Daniel Cormier step in to take his place. And now Gustafsson must win another fight—this time in front of his fellow countrymen—before punching his ticket back to Jones.