Remember the big announcement a few days back about Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira headlining UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend in New Jersey?
Well, that light heavyweight title fight is going to have to wait a little longer. UFC President Dana White was forced to clear the air by saying the fight was never a done deal and will actually happen at a later date, most likely in March. Jones will be making his seventh title defense against the hard-hitting Brazilian contender.
Jones against Teixeira shapes up as a great fight, but the initial announcement actually came as a surprise given that most believed the champion was destined for an immediate rematch against Alexander Gustafsson after their stirring battle at UFC 165.
Let the speculation begin as to what fight will now be the new headliner come Super Bowl weekend. Maybe the Dominick Cruz–Renan Barao bantamweight unification fight could lead the charge, or maybe a featherweight title defense by Jose Aldo. Only time will tell.
White admitted that UFC officials had “jumped the gun” in making the announcement. “Bones” took a ton of punishment in his sensational fight against Gustafsson in Toronto on September 21, so the initial reports of a February 1 fight for Jones seemed a little surprising given the relatively quick turnaround.
As it stands, a high-stakes heavyweight fight between struggling veterans Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir is the lone fight booked for the February 1 event.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports