After months of speculation, we now have official word on Alexander Gustafsson’s next fight. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will be the man to step in the cage with Gustafsson in the main event of UFC on FOX 14. Even more interesting than the fight booking is the fight location. The fight card will take place in Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. UFC officials also noted that this fight will serve as a title eliminator, with the winner of the bout facing the winner of the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier bout.

As stated, this will be the first European card to deviate away from UFC Fight Pass since the new service was introduced at the beginning of this year. For the fight to air live here in the United States, it would need to be aired in a mid-afternoon time slot here in the United States. The fight will take place on January 24th and it takes the place that the UFC’s annual trip to Chicago has occupied in years past.

This will be Gustafsson’s first fight since his knockout victory over Jimi Manuwa. The Swede was slated to face Jones for the title after that victory, but an injury forced him out of that bout and Daniel Cormier has since leapfrogged him for the title shot. Gustafsson had been rumored to face Rashad Evans on this card, but the fight was changed to Johnson once his legal troubles were squared away.

“This is going to be an epic event,” stated Gustafsson in a press release. “I want more than 30,000 fans to come and witness me win on January 24. Then I’m going to go and get the title! My journey back to the top starts now.”

“Rumble” has been on a roll since returning to the UFC, with victories over Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. That momentum was halted when the UFC suspended Johnson due to an impending domestic violence case. Johnson has since been cleared of the charges and now gets his chance to fight for a title shot.

“This fight might be on his home turf, but I’m ready to go over to Sweden and prove that I’m the next in the line for the UFC light heavyweight title,” Johnson stated. “I’m not intimidated by fighting in front of Alex’s hometown fans. I’m going to go in there and look for the knockout like I do in all of my fights. I can’t wait for this!”

As of now, the only other bout announced for this card is a welterweight contest between Matt Brown and Tarec Saffiedine which is sure to be on the main card, if not the co-main event.

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Trey Downey
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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.