Alexander Gustafsson vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fight set for UFC event in London on March 8, 2014

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

If Alexander Gustafsson can topple Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, not Daniel Cormier, he will earn another crack at UFC Light Heavyweight championship glory in 2014.

Daniel Cormier and his list of mixed martial arts (MMA) demands seemingly worked in favor of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

With "DC" disinterested in an overseas fight against Alexander Gustafsson to determine the next Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight contender because of his first-ever 205-pound weight cut, the promotion moved in a Brazilian direction, tapping "Lil Nog" to take on "The Mauler" instead.

The announcement was made during UFC Fight Night 30 press conference (watch it here) this evening in Manchester, England, as well as a Lightweight rematch between between Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson that ended in a "No Contest." It appears that Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will headline the event planned for March 8, 2014, in London, England, while Guillard and Pearson will give the co-main event slot one more shot.

Gustafsson, of course, is coming of the fight of his life at UFC 166, taking division champion Jon Jones to the brink only to drop a very close unanimous decision. An immediate rematch appeared to be all but guaranteed; however, Jones made a "bad ass" decision to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC 170 instead.

Nogueira, meanwhile, is currently riding a two-fight win streak with wins over Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz. "Lil Nog" was supposed to return to action against Mauricio Rua at UFC 161 earlier this year, but an injury in training forced him to withdraw from the bout.

Gustafsson and Nogueira were originally booked to battle at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in April 2012, but a knee injury to the Brazilian derailed that match, too. If Gustafsson defeats Nogueira, UFC President Dana White confirmed that he will next fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixiera.

Cormier will likely have to now fight Phil Davis and/or another contender before being considered for a championship opportunity.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker