There’s something odd about what’s been going on regarding the next UFC title defense for light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. For a second time, an announced fight against top-contender Glover Teixeira isn’t going to happen as planned. Previously, UFC officials jumped the gun according to President Dana White by announcing that the matchup would happen at their Super Bowl weekend event in New Jersey. UFC 169 on February 1 will now feature a bantamweight unification title fight between Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz and a featherweight title fight between long-time champion Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas.
Then, the UFC made it official again that Las Vegas would be the site for the matchup and that Jones vs. Teixeira would headline UFC 170 on February 22. Well, less than 24 hours after that fight was made official, it’s off again. White says Jones pulled out of the fight and that it could happen in March. However, after two false starts, who knows for sure.
If Jones needs the extra time as a result of his tremendous battle against Alexander Gustafsson, then there’s no shame in that. He set an all-time record with his sixth successful defense of his belt against Gustafsson at UFC 165 in what was a brutally tough fight for both competitors.
These on-and-off announcements have to be a source of frustration for Teixeira. The hard-hitting Brazilian earned his title shot with a first round knockout of Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28. He’s 5-and-0 with the promotion and has won 20 straight fights. He’ll pose another dangerous challenge to Jones as Teixeira has 19 finishes in his 22 career wins.
Jones vs. Teixeira apparently is going to happen at some point. Hopefully the third time it’s officially announced will be the charm.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports