The who has been determined for quite some time, despite being delayed on multiple occasions. However, it wasn’t confirmed when and where UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) would defend this throne against Glover Teixeira until Friday.
The highly-anticipated shootout goes down April 26 inside Baltimore Arena in Baltimore. The show marks the Octagon’s debut in Maryland.
Most recently, the 205-pounders were slated to headline UFC 171, but the March 15 show received an unexpected boost when it was reported Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler would battle for Georges St-Pierre’s newly-vacated welterweight title that night.
With two current champs sidelined for much of 2014 – Cain Velasquez (shoulder) and Anthony Pettis (knee) – it made no sense to have two championship affairs on the same show.
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 announced for the lineup.