Stop me if you’ve heard this one before but the UFC has officially announced the long-awaited fight between UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira will take place in early 2014.
Originally both men were scheduled to meet on Super Bowl weekend at UFC 169 in New Jersey before scheduling conflicts forced the company to moved the fight to UFC 170. But after the champion cited he was still feeling the effects of his last fight, the UFC was forced to once again reschedule.
Jones is of course is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, in a fight that left both men bruised and bloodied after 25 minutes of back-and-forth action.
Initially, Jones was open to the idea of granting Gustafsson an immediate rematch, but upon reviewing the fight and determining the fight was not as close as initially thought, he decided it was time to move on to a new opponent.
Teixeira, currently the number-two ranked light heavyweight according to the official UFC fighter rankings, is coming off a tough first-round TKO victory over our own Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28. This victory not only pushed his winning streak to five straight wins inside the UFC’s octagon, but to 18 straight overall, dating back to 2006.
UFC 171 is scheduled to take place March 15, 2014 at The American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. No other fights have made official for the card.