UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and challenger Glover Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) can’t seem to hold on to a fight date.
After initially saying the fight would remain a part of UFC 171 despite the recent booking of a Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler title fight, UFC President Dana White later clarified Jones vs. Teixeira instead will headline UFC 172.
A date, as well as a location and venue, haven’t been finalized for the pay-per-view card, which is expected to take place in late March or early April.
This is now the fourth different booking for Jones vs. Teixeira.
UFC officials briefly linked the fight to February’s UFC 169 event before shifting it to UFC 170. However, champ Jones was still on the mend from a “Fight of the Year” candidate win over Alexander Gustafsson, and the bout was then booked for UFC 171.
Now, it’ll be UFC 172.
Jones currently boasts a 10-fight winning streak that includes victories over the likes of Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Most recently, he defeated a game Gustafsson in a “Fight of the Year” candidate. Following the fight, White hinted that a rematch seemed the most likely scenario but ultimately backed off that decision and plugged Teixeira into the title fight.
Teixeira, meanwhile, was named the No. 1 contender following a first-round TKO win over Ryan Bader in September. The Brazilian slugger boasts a 20-fight winning streak and has also downed James Te Huna, Jackson, Fabio Maldonado and Kyle Kingsbury in his five UFC appearances to date. Among his 22 career wins are 13 knockouts and six submissions.
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(Pictured: Jon Jones)