UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (pictured) got more beat up than Alexander Gustafsson did in their September shootout. Wanna know how I know?
Because Gustafsson has already agreed to meet Jimi Manuwa on March 8, while Jones’ proposed February fight with Glover Teixeira has now been pushed back on two separate occasions because “Bones” still hasn’t fully recovered from their instant classic at UFC 165.
“Jon Jones went back in the gym and still didn’t feel good,” UFC president Dana White revealed this past Saturday. “He said his legs were still bothering him and his eye is bothering him. He’s still banged up from that fight.
“That fight wasn’t that long ago. It’s like being in a car accident.”
Jones and Teixeira were initially slated to headline UFC 169 on February 1, but the Super Bowl Saturday scrap was postponed four days later because Jones wasn’t prepared to go. Last week, it was reported the 205-pounders would meet at UFC 170 on February 22.
White was forced to nix the tango just 24 hours later because Jones still needs time to recoup.
White didn’t confirm when the tango will go down, but March has been the front-runner to host the contest. If that’s the case, taking everything into account, expect it to be in late March.