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
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
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
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.