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Light Heavyweight title decider lined up to headline Sweden event

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The UFC are looking to set up another number one contender's clash in the marquee light-heavyweight division, this time with Alexander Gustafsson and Rashad Evans for January 24th 2015.

The theorised clash looks set to take place in Gustafsson's native Sweden, with Stockholm being the most likely location, according to MMAMania.com's sources.

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The two fighters are both bouncing back from knee injuries, and will both be looking to get a win and a possible showdown with Jon Jones - who has beaten both men before.

For Gustafsson, it is the headline event in Sweden that he was promised when he was told that he would have to fight again - after he had planned to wait out Jones and Cormier's clash.

Gustafsson deserves Stockholm showdown

He was initially linked with Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson, but following the domestic abuse allegations that have plagued 'Rumble' for the past couple months, he has been indefinitely suspended until the police investigation is finished.

That left Gustafsson needing a top opponent and the UFC doesn't want to feed another low end top 10 opponent to 'The Mauler', who beat the previously undefeated Jimi Manuwa back in March.

Evans remains relevant despite long lay-off

So with that in mind, Rashad Evans is the right time, right place kind of opponent for the Swede.

The #3 ranked fighter and former Light Heavyweight champ has been a presence among the division's elite for years and, although he's coming off a near layoff after beating Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November last year.

The proposed bout would likely be a UFC on FOX card, but while nothing is set in stone at the moment, it's likely to get viewers no matter what platform it goes on.

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