It's about as official as you can get without having signatures.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White today (March 8, 2014) confirmed that Alexander Gustafsson would move on to fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira, who battle for "Bones'" belt in the main event of UFC 172 on April 26, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
White made the announcement at the UFC Fight Night 37 post-fight press conference (watch it here).
Gustafsson earned a "nasty rematch" -- or perhaps a shot at the hard-hitting Brazilian -- by knocking out Jimi Manuwa on Saturday night in the main event of the promotion's most recent "Fight Pass" card, from inside the O2 Arena in London, England.
See the full UFC Fight Night 37 results and live play-by-play here.
"The Mauler" -- who also bagged an extra $100,000 for his demolition of "Poster Boy" -- took Jones to the limit in the main event of UFC 165, which unfolded last September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. No one gave the towering Swede much of a chance against the longtime 205-pound kingpin, but he proved to be a tough out both on the ground and on the feet.
Jones ultimately walked away with the unanimous decision win, but it was by the narrowest of margins (more on that here).
In the wake of his big night across the pond, Gustafsson (16-2) put the champ on blast, calling for a second title shot and promising to finish him in their second go-round. If White sticks to his word, then he's already fulfilled the first half of his request.
Can he fulfill the second in the latter part of 2014?