So, remember just four days ago when the UFC announced light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) would be defending his crown against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169?
Jones and Teixeira won’t be fighting on Super Bowl Saturday, after all. During Monday’s conference call, UFC president Dana White admitted the promotion “jumped the gun” by announcing the scrap. After some internal discussions, it turned out the timing simply didn’t work out.
White didn’t elaborate on what the roadblocks were, but said the shootout will now likely take place in March 2014.
UFC 159 takes place February 1 inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, a day before the NFL Super Bowl in nearby MetLife Stadium. FOX, the UFC’s broadcast partner and this season’s host of the biggest pigskin game of the year, is hoping to dominate the weekend by holding blockbuster shows on both nights.
Unfortunately for FOX, the exit of Jones vs. Teixeira strikes a significant blow to their plans.
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.