It was just too good to be true.
A super card of super cards featuring a line-up that had more names than an Ultra Music Festival.
But one name has already been removed before the September 27th date of the card.
The name of a headliner, Alexander Gustaffson has torn his meniscus and will not be able to compete in the rematch of last year’s fight of the year with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones.
The card still plays host to the return of ‘The Dominator” Dominick Cruz, former UFC Bantamweight Champion, taking on Takeya Mizugaki. Former Marine, Tim Kennedy will still face heavy handed Yoel Romero, Cat Zigano and Amanda Nunes will still tangle for a possible shot at Ronda Rousey’s gold and Dustin Poirier will look to halt the 11 fight winning streak of Conor Mcgregor.
But who will step up to Jon Jones?
Look no further than the gold medalist for the 2002 Pan-American Championships in Maracaibo and the 2003 Pan-American games in Santo Domingo, the undefeated Lafayette, Louisiana native, Daniel Cormier (15-0).
He first “wowed” fans with his shocking demolition of Antonio ‘Big Foot” Silva by tko’ing him in a single round at a Strikeforce event. He then went on to win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and since that accomplishment he has taken out a list of former UFC Champions. Former Heavyweight champions, Josh Barnett and Frank Mir, TUF 10 Champion, Roy “Big Country” Nelson and former UFC Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson have all felt the wrath of the wrestler.
Jon Jones (20-1) also has an impressive resume of former UFC Champions that he has ousted, including; former Light Heavyweight champions, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Lyoto Machida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, “Suga” Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort.
This is basically a bout between 2 undefeated fighters as many don’t consider the disqualification loss that Jones sustained against Matt Hamil an actual loss as the contest should’ve been halted long before any “illegal” elbows were thrown, but even so, 35 wins and 1 loss between the pair ain’t too shabby.