Alexander Gustafsson hasn’t kneed someone in the abs since March. Anthony Johnson hasn’t knocked out another 205 pound man since July. These things need to change and Dane White needs to Instagram about them.
The UFC heads back to Europe for their first UFC on Fox event of 2015 and they’re bringing Gustafsson and Johnson with them. Booked for Stockholm, Sweden on January 24th the Gustafsson versus Johnson 205 pound eliminator will serve as the main event of the card. With a capacity to hold up to 30,000 screaming Swedes or 30,000 members of the Blackzilians, Sweden’s Tele2 Arena will host UFC on Fox 14.
The uncrowned number contender for Jon Jones lightweight strap, Gustafsson was last seen battering Jimi Manuwa in England for two rounds. A win over Johnson would solidify Gustafsson as the toughest man in Sweden and line him up for a shot at the winner of Jones-Cormier sometime in 2015.
Since his return to the UFC after a two year hiatus, Johnson has firmly established himself within the division’s’ top five. In his last two outings at light heavyweight Johnson has bullied Phil Davis to a impressive decision and KO’d Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in less than 45 seconds.