Change of Plans: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira Moves to UFC 172 Main Event

December 13, 2013
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Jon Jones UFC World TourFollowing UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre announcing that he was taking an extended leave of absence and vacating his belt, UFC president Dana White announced that Johny Hendricks would face Robbie Lawler for the vacated belt at on March 15 at UFC 171 in Dallas.

That is still the plan.

White, however, did misspeak on one element of that plan during Friday’s media conference call.

The UFC president said that Jon Jones would still top the UFC 171 fight card, putting his belt on the line against Glover Teixeira. A short time after the call, White corrected his mistake, Tweeting that Jones vs. Teixeira would not headline UFC 171. They would instead move into the UFC 172 main event slot.

A date and location for UFC 172 has not yet been announced, although UFC officials on Friday said that information would be made available shortly.

This marks the fourth event that Jones vs. Teixeira has been planned to headline, leaving UFC officials hoping it is the final move for it’s light heavyweight championship bout.

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  • Chris27

    Figures, with no GSP, Cain or Pettis they cant afford to put two title fights on the same card, not when they need as many main event PPv fights as they can get.

  • DMartinez

    Screw the fans….UFC needs their money, hence 2 titles can’t happen on one PPV

    • Timothy Malone

      Except that two titles are happening at UFC 169

  • GSPistheMan

    LOL they now need to split this into two main events to try to make the money they made when GSP fought in one main event…LOL. Dana better treat GSP right and help him out while he’s off if he wants he’s money making machine to come back to the UFC.

  • dgs

    Dana “f&cking” White, the idiot in chief of the UFC has once again spoken too soon (something he’s VERY good at). Quit moving the damn fight date for this fight already!!!