Let's try this again.
Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has once again been asked to headline the promotion's upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) event at the O2 Arena in London, England, which takes place on March 8, 2014.
Joining him will be unbeaten 205-pound smasher Jimi Manuwa, according to The Telegraph.
Gustafsson (15-2) was originally booked to throw down opposite Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (again); however, "Little Nog" was injured in training camp (again) and forced to withdraw. It must have been serious, too, considering the Brazilian had over four months to shake it off.
Manuwa (14-0) has been laying waste to the light heavyweight division since his professional debut back in 2008. In fact, "Poster Boy" has finished all 14 of his wins, with 13 coming by way of knockout or technical knockout, including his victory over Ryan Jimmo just last month in Manchester.
He's a bad man.
A win for Gustafsson will guarantee him a shot at the 205-pound title, which is expected to be contested between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira at UFC 170 next spring. "The Mauler" has been able to keep himself "in the mix" by nearly breaking "Bones" at the UFC 165 pay-per-view (PPV) last September.
It's safe to say the division title picture will be locked up for the better part of 2014.
In addition to Gustafsson vs. Manuwa, the next UFC event in London will feature a lightweight co-main event rematch between Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson, who battled to a "No Contest" just last month after "The Real Deal" was busted open by way of accidental foul (pic).
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more "London" news and notes -- as well as future fight announcements -- as they become available. In the meantime, let's get your thoughts on the new headlining act.
Who ya' got?