Gustafsson vs. Nogueira, Guillard vs. Pearson Rematch Booked For March UFC In...

Gustafsson vs. Nogueira, Guillard vs. Pearson Rematch Booked For March UFC In London


Alexander Gustafsson was expected to have a rematch with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones after “The Mauler’ nearly dethroned the champ at last month’s UFC 165. When Jones re-watched their title tilt and surmised that he had done enough to decisively win, he made the decision to fight Glover Teixeira next.

Then, after last weekend’s UFC 166, Daniel Cormier was nominated as Gustafsson’s next opponent by “DC’s” head coach Javier Mendez. Cormier said he didn’t want to fight Gustafsson in Sweden; Gus said he’d fight him anywhere.

But at today’s UFC Fight Night 30 press conference, it was announced that Gustafsson would officially face off with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at a yet-to-be-named UFC event that will take place on March 8, 2014, in London, England. Gustafsson and “’Lil Nog” were set to face off way back at UFC on Fuel TV 2, but Nogueira was forced out of the bout with a knee injury. That’s defnitely been his kryptonite as of late. When Nogueira does get in the cage he impressed; his last fight was a win over former champion Rashad Evans at UFC 156 in February.

The event is also slated to feature a rematch between Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson after their co-main event bout at UFN 30 ended in extremely controversial fashion. It can be debated as to whether Guillard’s big knees to Pearson were illegal or not, but some sort of rule clarification has to be implemented to prevent so many close calls. Perhaps instant replay would help.

“The Mauler” will begin his trek back towards a coveted title shot against “’Lil Nog” next spring. Do you like this fight? Or should Gustafsson be facing off with a fighter with a higher ranking and more recent experience? Time will tell if Nogueira can derail “The Mauler’s” hype. 


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  • thexperience1

    The fight makes no sense to me… neither of them do. well i get the Guillard vs Pearson rematch but to me that whole sh*t was B.S. anyway, they'll rematch and Guillard will knock Pearson the f*ck out like he was going to tonight. Tonights fight told the whole story already… Melvin is too quick, too explosive, too strong. Pearson has a punchers chance at best and i just don't see it happening for him. Gus most def. needed a more higher ranked opponent. It looks like a warm up fight for the rematch with bones if bones doesn't loose.

    • Zip

      Yeah, Gus/Lil Nog makes no sense at all unless chicken Jones needs more time to prepare and/or hopes Gus loses.

      • Brian Cox

        This is a filler fight for Gus. A high probability win, while he waits on Jones.

        • Zip

          I know Brian, but why the filler fight? No need for it if not for chicken bones.

    • Entity

      Depends if Ross can weather the storm. He's pretty tough.
      Gus and Lil Nog shoud be just a keep warm fight for Gus. Lil Nog's best days are behind him just like Big Nog.

  • enjoylife321

    If Gegard Mousasi was not injured and staying at light heavyweight it would have made a great match considering these two were suppose to meet…Mousasi is returning early 2014 so I think this fight makes sense the most…

    Gegard Mousai is moving to middleweight but lets face it he is not losing at light heavyweight. That's the fight that makes sense.

    • Entity

      I have a feeling fast heavy handed strikers will be Gegard's Kryptonite. He plods in way to slow and confident.

      • Zip

        I don't know about that Entity. He always looks like he is plodding and would rather be anywhere but inside the cage, yet he's very deceptive.

        • Entity

          Sometimes I'll click cool, and it selects sharp or something else…weird man.

  • N.C.

    lil nog is a feeder fight for Gus. I cant see lil nog beating Gus. It's almost like a place hlder fight until bones and tex is settled.

  • highkick12

    Looks like they're giving Gus a confidence boost fight. Not that he really needed it, he looked great against Jones. But they're rematch is close to guaranteed now. Which is good.

    • highkick12

      How long's it gonna take this website to get an edit button anyway?

  • Brasil

    And the bald douche made us think for a second he would risk a Jones x Gus rematch by putting him vs Cormier….hahahaha…of course he would not mess up the double pay day in Gus x Jones and Cormier vs the winner….I am sure we will find out soon that Cormier will face a lower ranked fighter also……

  • Brasil

    Is it going to be spoiled by either Glover or Lil Nog?….I sure hope so but very unlikely.

  • newgatEdward

    " warm up fight", "confidence boost fight", come on guys its lil nog never count a nogueira out. Never mind im just a fanboy. GO LIL NOG. show these guys like u showed em against rashad.