After Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has fallen off the UFC’s next trip to London. Now, former light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson will not face local boy Jimi Manuwa on the card, which takes place March 8 at the O2 Arena.
From 2010-2012, Gustafsson won six-straight fights over the likes of James Te-Huna, former IFL champion Vladimir Matyushenko and former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. His run earned him a title shot against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 165. Gustafsson came in as a heavy underdog, but he managed to push the champion to the brink. After the final bell, the judges awarded Jones the unanimous decision. There were calls for an immediate rematch, but the promotion decided to give each fighter another bout before. Jones will defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169.
Manuwa began his career with 10-straight victories on the British circuit. He also captured the UCMMA light heavyweight title. In 2012, he made his UFC debut with a second-round knockout over Kyle Kingsbury. He has since picked up two more stoppage victories over Cyrille Diabate and Ryan Jimmo.
This bout will serve as the main event of this Fight Night card. Also on the card, Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard will rematch after their first bout ended in a “no contest” at UFC Fight Night 30.