Jones vs Teixeira pulled off UFC 170

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

night.

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

Gustafsson.

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

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target="_blank">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

iteration.