Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will face Glover Teixeira on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169, the promotion’s annual Super Bowl Weekend event.
Jones (19-1), who was taken to the hospital after his unanimous decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson (15-2) last month, passed Tito Ortiz for most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses with six wins. The decision angered some fans who felt Gustafsson had the upper hand for most of the fight, especially with Jones failing to take the Swede down in several attempts. The last two rounds, however, swayed the decision toward the champion, with Jones landing a hard elbow, a knee, and two more elbow strikes in the fourth, and a head kick and a short elbow in the fifth.
UFC president Dana White said after the fight, “You could tell in the final round they were fighting on pure heart. I believe this is one of those fights where both of the fighters believed they were going to die.”
While a rematch between Jones and Gustafsson was on the table after the bought, UFC matchmakers decided to give Jones a new opponent instead. However, a second fight could happen in the future.
Jon Jones’ opponent, Glover Teixeira (22-2), is undefeated in his brief UFC career. The 33-year-old Brazilian made his promotional debut at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012. He defeated Kyle Kingsbury by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:53 in the first round. His most recent victory was on September 4 at UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader, where he defeated Ryan Bader by TKO at 2:55 in the first round. Teixeira hasn’t lost a fight since 2005, when he lost to Ed Herman by unanimous decision at SF 9: Respect. Since then, only two of Teixeira’s fights have gone to the judges.
UFC 169 will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the night before the Super Bowl.