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MGM Grand Garden Arena lands UFC 178: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The most anticipated fight card of the fall finally has a venue. UFC 178 is slated to take place on September 27, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, promotion officials announced on Tuesday.

In order to complete the booking, Kings of Leon, the popular American rock band who is scheduled to headline the upcoming Boulevard Brew Fest, agreed to shift their September 27 performance from the MGM Grand Garden Arena to The Lot, which is located along the Las Vegas Strip.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will look to defend his title for a record eighth consecutive time when he rematches against top-ranked Swedish contender Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 178's main event.

"The first fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson was the greatest light heavyweight fight in the history of the UFC," UFC President Dana White said in a statement. "This next one is gonna be epic! I really appreciate MGM Resorts, Live Nation and Kings of Leon working together to help us bring this huge fight to Las Vegas."

Jones, the UFC's No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter, claimed a hard-fought unanimous decision against Gustafsson in September 2013 at UFC 165, and now he'll attempt to do it again at what may already be the most stacked card of the year. Tickets for the event go on sale August 1, 2014.

An updated UFC 178 fight card can be seen below.

  • Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole
  • Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson

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