Jon Jones Says UFC 169 Was Too Soon, Thinks March is Appropriate For Glover Bout
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not face Glover Teixeira at UFC 169 as originally thought. Instead, the two will meet at a later card in March, a date Jones prefers over the February card, which he described as ‘just a little too close.’
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Since the announcement of its annual Super Bowl weekend event, the UFC has been quick to correct what turned out to be a bit of a mistake. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not be defending his belt against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169.
UFC President Dana White spoke up quickly to rectify the mistake.
“Jones vs. Teixeira is not happening on Super Bowl [weekend]. Our people fucked up and put that out when they shouldn’t have put that our, because that was never, ever a done deal. Our P.R. team jumped the gun on that one.”
White also went on to say that the reason for delaying the light heavyweight bout had nothing to do with Jon Jones’ wishes.
“It’s not that [Jones] did or didn’t want it. It didn’t matter one way or the other with him. It was just something that didn’t work out.”
In an interview with Newsday that was published this past weekend, however, the UFC light heavyweight champion sang to a slightly different tune.
“It was just a little too close,” Jones told Newsday about fighting at UFC 169 in February. “I felt like I was rushing a bit, and I talked to my team and everyone suggested I hold off for another month and a half.
“That last fight was a lot. So, I think the time is appropriate. I’m a young guy, and I don’t think it’s really necessary to rush anything.”
The request is reasonable, given Jones’ last fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September. The two fought a grueling 5-round fight that ultimately saw Jones walking away with a unanimous decision victory. The effort resulted in an overnight stay in the hospital for a laceration over his right eye, significant swelling on his face and a possible injury to his foot.
“My foot is not 100 percent, but my face and my body feels great,” Jones said about his injuries following the Gustafsson fight. “I felt like it was the biggest win of my career because of [how] hard fought it was. I felt like it was a huge blessing. I’ve always asked for a dogfight. I’ve always looked for a legitimate fight and I got it and it feels good to have that under my belt now. Hopefully in the future I can get back to more dominating ways.”
Jones will look for a return to dominance against top-contender Glover Teixeira sometime in March. The UFC has not made official the date or event on which these two will fight. Around the same time, however, Alexander Gustafsson will be fighting on a card. If Jones and Gustafsson win their next fights, said Dana White, we can certainly expect to see Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 sometime in the near future.