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Pre-sale event poster for UFC 178 released; Poirier vs. McGregor set for co-main event



jonesgus2preSorry Kings of Leon. The Nashville based rock band was originally slated to play the MGM Grand Garden arena as a stop on their 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour on Saturday September 27th. Unfortunately for them, big fights take precedence over everything else in Las Vegas.

The particular fight in question pits the longest reigning champion in the UFC today, Jon Jones, against his toughest challenge today, Swedish ‘Mauler’ Alexander Gustafsson, in the biggest rematch of the year. Jones defeated Gustafsson in a razor-thin unanimous decision last fall in Toronto in a fight that has been watched more than any other in the UFC’s extensive Fight Pass library.

Earlier today it was announced that another big fight would be added to this already ample card. Fresh off his main event obliteration of Diego Brandao, Dublin’s Conor McGregor will look to make it a perfect 4-0 since joining the UFC ranks when he takes on ultra crafty UFC and WEC Dustin Poirier in a high stakes featherweight showdown. Poirier holds the most wins in UFC featherweight history with 8 since making his company debut back on New Years Day 2011.

If your interested in attending UFC 178 ‘Jones vs. Gustafsson 2’, here is the ticket on-sale info via

Tickets for UFC® 178: JONES vs. GUSTAFSSON 2 go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200, and $100, not including applicable service charges.  Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available at or

If you’re a member of the UFC Fight Club you get first dibs on tickets on Wednesday July 30th at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT while newsletter subscribers will get to snatch up their seats the following day at the same time.

A five city press tour has also been announced for this card. Again, here are the deets via

With the announcement that the MGM Grand Garden Arena will serve as the official venue of UFC 178, UFC officials also announced a multi-city press tour beginning this week featuring Jones and Gustafsson. The full schedule, which includes stops in Stockholm, Sweden, New York City, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, is listed below:

  • Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25 – Gustafsson Media Days in Stockholm

    • Jones and Gustafsson to also participate on media conference call on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT. Dial-in information to follow

  • Monday, July 28 – Jones and Gustafsson Media Day in New York City

    • Moderated Q&A for fans and media with Jones and Gustafsson at Madison Square Garden Theater Lobby at 4 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, July 29 – Jones and Gustafsson Media Day in Atlanta

  • Wednesday, July 30 –UFC 178 press conference in Las Vegas

    • MGM Grand Hotel’s Lobby at 11 a.m. PT (open to public)

  • Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1 – Jones and Gustafsson media days in Los Angeles

Moderated Q&A for fans and media with Jones and Gustafsson on Friday at Club Nokia at LA Live at 4 p.m. PT

Lastly, here is your fully updated card for UFC 178 ‘Jones vs. Gustafsson 2’ as it stands at this hour:

• Light Heavyweight Title Bout: Jon Jones (C) (20-1) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (16-2)

• Featherweight Bout: Dustin Poirier (16-3) vs. Conor McGregor (15-2)

• Bantamweight Bout: Dominick Cruz (19-1) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2)

• Middleweight Bout: Tim Kennedy (18-4) vs. Yoel Romero (8-1)

• Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Cat Zingano (8-0) vs. Amanda Nunes (9-3)

• Welterweight Bout: Stephen Thompson (9-1) vs. Patrick Cote (20-8)

• Welterweight Bout: Brian Ebersole (50-16-1) vs. John Howard (22-9)


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