Jones vs. Teixeira bout confirmed

The rematch of
one of the best-ever UFC title bouts will have
to wait. UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will bypass a
rematch for now in order to fight No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira,
according to a report from ESPN, citing UFC
president Dana White.

Jones, who was just cleared of any significant foot injury after
visiting a specialist, is likely to make his next defense on Feb.
1, the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII, in Newark, New Jersey.

His UFC 165 decision win over Alexander Gustafsson marked a
record sixth light-heavyweight championship defense.

While Jones (19-1) won unanimously on the judges’
scorecards, the fight was close enough to warrant some controversy.
The champion told FOX Sports 1’s UFC Tonight on Wednesday
that while he originally felt Gustafsson deserved an immediate
rematch, upon watching multiple replays of the bout, he felt he won
decisively enough to move on to a different opponent.

“I’m going to fight Glover and I will answer all the critics
about the Gustafsson fight,” Jones said in a statement.
“I will fight Gustafsson after I fight Glover. I won the
fight but I look at it as a blemish on my record because some
people think I didn’t. I promise you, he will be next.”

The 33-year-old Teixeira will take a 22-2 record and a 20-fight
win streak into the bout. He’s a perfect 5-0 in the UFC and
last defeated Ryan Bader via technical knockout.