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.