UFC President Dana White has said that the UFC is looking into holding the hotly anticipated Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson rematch in Sweden.
Speaking at the post-UFC 172 press conference, where Jones defended his UFC Light Heavyweight title for a record seventh time, White said that the UFC has expressed an interest in holding it in Gustafsson's native, Sweden.
"This thing could do 50, 60,000 seats or more,” he said. “If we go to Europe to do it, we will (do the rematch at the Swedish stadium)." The stadium he's referring to his the Tele2 arena that holds 45,000 for concerts and 30,000 for sporting events.
Their last fight took place in Toronto, Ontario at UFC 165 in September of last year, while Jones defended his title against Glover Teixeira in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday night.
While European pay-per-views don't draw as much in the US due to the time difference, White said that the event would take place at the same time as usual in the US, due to the amount of light in Sweden at that time of year.
"At that time back there, it’s light 24 hours a day, or it’s dark for an hour or something like that. So we’d go at 4 o’clock in the morning."
Jones is very unlikely to be happy with the location of the fight, if it does indeed happen in Sweden but this didn't faze White who said "Jon’s going to agree to whatever fight we make. What’s Jon going to agree to? Where’s he going to want to fight? Seattle?"
"Sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do,” White said. “We don’t ever have people say, ‘This is where I'm going to fight my fight.’ It’s never happened. It won’t happen. We've got to take the fight wherever the fight is going to do the best."
White hasn't ruled out that they may take it to Vegas in the end but with the rematch between the two fighters is one of the most hotly anticipated rematches in UFC history with their five round slugfest last year winning Fight of the Year honours.
Jones kept quiet about the rematch with Gustafsson during his post-fight conference last night, preferring to 'savior' in his dominating performance over Glover Teixeira.
Gustafsson has been far from quiet recently about wanting his rematch with Jones, the Swede has seemingly become obsessed with overturning his loss to the American. He earned his rematch with a victory over Jimi Manuwa in London earlier this year.
If they do fight in Sweden it won't be the first time that Gustafsson has headlined a card there. He fought Thiago Silva at the UFC on FUEL TV event back in April 2012. That fight took place at the 16,000 capacity Ericsson Globe stadium where the gate drew over $2million dollars, something the UFC would hope is doubled or more.
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