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Super Bowl UFC Card Comes Together
UFC 169 will land in Newark, NJ on Feb 1 during Super Bowl weekend, and the card just got a whole lot bigger.
The newly announced main event for the show will pit UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against top rated contender Glover Teixeira with the title on the line.
Jones and Teixeira have been rumored to face off as part of the February card, but only on Thursday did the fight become a done deal with UFC officials confirming the bout.
Most recently, Jones squeaked by Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 165 in one of the greatest title fights in UFC history. The fight ended in a very close decision, but Jones was able to hold onto his belt in the toughest battle of his young career.
Meanwhile, Teixeira knocked out Ryan Bader in early September to secure his spot as the top contender at 205 pounds.
In addition to Jones vs. Teixeira, a heavyweight bout originally scheduled for UFC 167 in Las Vegas will instead get pushed to the UFC 169 card in New Jersey.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will face Alistair Overeem in a featured bout on the upcoming 2014 card with both men in desperate need of a win.
The fight was pushed back from the original November 16 date due to the Nevada State Athletic Commission asking for Mir to be allowed more time to prepare for his bout after he was knocked out by Josh Barnett at UFC 164 in late August.
Knockouts in fights will generally result in time off as commanded by whatever ruling body oversees the contest, and while there was no indicator that Mir wouldn't be medically cleared, the Nevada commission decided to err on the side of caution in this case.
Mir will face Overeem with both men needing a win to stave off a possible release from the promotion. Mir has lost his last three fights in a row, while Overeem has been knocked out in back-to-back fights.
The UFC 169 card will take place on Feb 1 in New Jersey just 24 hours ahead of the Super Bowl, which also takes place in the state and will air on FOX.