Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira will headline UFC 170 in a light heavyweight title match.
The fight will take place February 22, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
It was initially reported that the 205 pound champion and his challenger would meet during the UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend card at UFC 169 in Newark, New Jersey, on February 1. Shortly afterward, UFC president Dana White said the fight would not be taking place that weekend.
“Jones-Teixeira is not happening on Super Bowl, that was never a done deal,” White said. “It’s later in the year.”
Jon Jones’s last fight was against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September. Jones defended his title for the sixth time with a unanimous decision victory, passing Tito Ortiz for most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses. Both men were taken to the hospital after the match, and while there was talk of a rematch, UFC matchmakers decided to give Jones a new opponent for the his next fight.
The win boosted Jones’ MMA record to 19-1, with his only loss coming in December 2009 versus Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale, when he was disqualified for illegal elbows in the first round.
With a TKO victory over Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night in September, Glover Teixeira’s MMA record improved to 22-2. The Brazilian, who made his promotional debut at UFC 146 last May, is undefeated in his brief UFC career. In that match, Teixeira defeated Kyle Kingsbury by arm triangle choke submission at 1:53 in the first round.
So far, Jones vs. Teixeira is the only fight announced for UFC 170. The promotion’s first number fight, UFC 169, features a bantamweight match between Dominick Cruz and Renan Barão, a featherweight match between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas, and a heavyweight match between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem. Mir and Oveerem were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 167, but the promotion moved the bout to give Mir more time to recover from his knockout loss to Josh Barnett at UFC 164 on August 31.