As expected, UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) will defend his throne against Glover Teixeira on Super Bowl Saturday. On Thursday, the promotion confirmed the 205-pounders will headline UFC 169 on February 1 inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
This marks the first time under Zuffa’s soon-to-be 13-year ownership of the UFC that their Super Bowl weekend show won’t take place in Las Vegas. The reason is simple, their broadcast partner, FOX, is hosting the biggest pigskin game of the year this season, which takes place in nearby MetLife Stadium.
It’s a win-win for both powerhouses, as FOX will own the entire weekend and the UFC will ride their coattails to unprecedented exposure.
Teixeira earned his next dibs status with a TKO victory over Ryan Bader in September. The slugger has rattled off 20 consecutive wins, with his last five coming inside the Octagon. He’s recorded finishes in four of his UFC outings, three of which came in the opening round.
At just 26 years of age, Jones became the most decorated UFC light heavyweight champion last month by posting his sixth straight title defense. He’s beaten the who’s who of the division, including five former UFC title holders en route to dominating the throne.
In addition to the event’s featured attraction, the UFC also announced the loser-leaves-town match between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir was moved from UFC 167 to this card.
No other bouts have been confirmed for the lineup at this time.