Jon Jones (pictured) vs. Glover Teixeira Fight Announcement: Take Three. After their scrap was postponed on two separate occasions because Jones hadn’t fully recovered from September’s instant classic against Alexander Gustafsson, “Bones” is finally ready to go.
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported Jones and Teixeira will headline UFC 171. The March 15 event takes place inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
The UFC admittedly jumped the gun in October when they prematurely reported Jones would defend his light heavyweight belt against Teixeira at UFC 169, only to postpone the Super Bowl Saturday scrap four days later. The 205-pounders were then slated to meet at UFC 170, but that was nixed than 24 hours later.
At just 26 years of age, Jones became the most decorated UFC light heavyweight champion at UFC 165 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.
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.
No other bouts have been confirmed for the lineup.