The light heavyweight contest between current champion Jon Jones (19-1) and Brazilian challenger Glover Teixeira (22-2) is no longer going ahead as planned for UFC 169 on February 1st’s super bowl weekend. UFC President Dana White revealed at a recent media call that the fight was never a done deal for that particular date.
White did however insist that the duo would still square off, it would just be later on down the line.
“That was never, ever a done deal. That’s going to be later. That was never a done deal. Our people put it out, and they shouldn’t have.”
White went on to state that the fight would most likely happen sometime in March, which will also be when Alexander Gustafsson (15-2) makes his next appearance, with a fight set to be scheduled for Sweden or London in the future.
White then added that should Jones and Gustafsson both come out victorious in their bouts then the pair will “100% fight next“, with many people greatly anticipating a rematch after the five round war they participated in at UFC 165.
News of the change leaves the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir (16-8) and Alistair Overeem (36-13 (1nc)) as the only fight currently scheduled for UFC 169, which takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
No date or venue has currently been confirmed for the Jones vs Teixeira bout.