Forget about seeing Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira square off at
UFC 170. Less than 24 hours after UFC president Dana White
announced on UFC Tonight that the UFC light-heavyweight
championship would be contested in Las Vegas on Feb. 22, White
reversed course, saying the matchup would not happen on that
During a Thursday UFC 167 pre-fight scrum with reporters, White
said he just learned of a complication that would make that time
frame impossible, though he did not offer a specific reason. He
said that it could simply be moved one month back to March, but
said that was not a concrete decision.
In his last time out, Jones successfully defended the UFC
light-heavyweight champion for a record sixth time. The fight,
however, was not without difficulty for him. In his toughest task
to date, he needed to take the final two rounds of the five-round
affair to escape with a unanimous decision victory over Alexander
Jones is 19-1 overall and at the time of his next defense, will
have held the title for three years.
Teixeira for years was considered one of the best fighters not
under the Zuffa umbrella, struggling to join the organization due
to lingering visa issues. Since those have been resolved,
he’s stormed through his first several appearances, going 5-0
with four finishes, including a recent TKO over Ryan Bader.
Teixeira (22-2) has won 20 straight bouts overall, one of the
longest streaks in MMA.
The Jones vs. Teixeira match was originally supposed to take
place in Las Vegas, but given the change, where it will fall
geographically remains to be determined.
Meanwhile, Gustafsson can earn another crack at the belt if he beats Jimi Manuwa in a March event set
for London. By moving back a month, the Jones-Teixeira bout may
provide the last piece to the title puzzle’s next