The light heavyweight title fight between current UFC champion Jon Jones (19-1) and Glover Teixeira (22-2) has a new date once again, with UFC officials announcing that the pair will square off at UFC 171 on March 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
This is the third time that the fight has been announced, after previous dates on February 1st and February 22nd fell through due to the champion’s ongoing injury issues.
Jones would appear to be fit and healthy once again, after previously stating;
“The reason why I didn’t take the fight [in February] is because I don’t feel my body is ready for a training camp. I wanted to be there for the fans, I wanted to be there for the UFC, but in order for me to do that, I need to listen to my body and come prepared to compete, and that’s being healthy.”
Jones will now be looking to continue his stranglehold on the light heavyweight title, where he already holds the record for the most successful title defences, as he goes in search of his seventh consecutive defence. Jones will be hoping to add Teixeira’s name to his list of successful conquests, a list that already includes the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (33-11), Rashad Evans (19-3-1), Lyoto Machida (20-4), Vitor Belfort (24-10) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1). However, in Jones’ last defence of the title he faced his toughest challenger to date in the shape of Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson (15-2). Jones came out victorious in the bout, winning via unanimous decision, but due to the closely fought nature of the bout, it left many fans looking forward to a rematch.
UFC officials went on to confirm that if Jones comes out victorious against Teixeira and Gustafsson wins his upcoming about against Jimi Manuwa (14-0), also in March, then the pair will most likely rematch sometime in 2014.
Teixeira meanwhile will be hoping to put a spanner in the works of the UFC’s plans, when he takes on Jones, and continue his incredible twenty-fight winning streak. Teixeira has won five straight in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, most recently defeating Ryan Bader (15-4) back in September to earn a title shot. Teixeira finished Bader in the first round, taking home the ‘Knockout of the Night’ bonus in the process.
No other bouts have been announced for the card as of yet, but now that the main event has been confirmed we can expect more fights to be added in the coming weeks.