UFC 170 Headliner Nixed; Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira on the Move Again

November 14, 2013
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Jon Jones UFC 87Less than 24 hours after announcing that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (19-1) would put his belt on the line against Glover Teixeira (22-2) at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas, UFC officials again had to retract the champ’s next scheduled date.

Jones vs. Teixeira was initially announced for the promotion’s Super Bowl weekend fight card on Feb. 1 at UFC 169 in New Jersey. That turned out to be a premature reveal.

“That’s going to be later. That was never a done deal,” UFC president Dana White said shortly after the initial announcement. “Our people put it out, but they shouldn’t have.”

That led to a revised date for Jones vs. Teixeira at UFC 170 that was announced by UFC officials on Wednesday night.

Just moments before Thursday’s UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks news conference, however, White was informed that Jones wouldn’t be available for the Feb. 22 event.

White informed MMAWeekly.com and a small group of reporters following Thursday’s news conference about the change, although he did not give a reason why Jones wouldn’t be available for UFC 170, which he and Teixeira were expected to headline.

The UFC president said that the fight would remain intact, but it would be pushed back to a later date, possibly as soon as March.

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  • ♞ Castle Bravo ♞

    Dana White doesn’t want Jon Jones to fight more than twice a year because he’s sponsored by the UFC. They have a lot invested in him and the Gustafson incident scared him.

    • MaritalArtist

      I think you are 100% correct

    • ShoesMagoo


    • shakejunt

      yes. of all the fighters in their organization, they are protecting jon jones.


      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        Maybe, but besides the Sonnen fight, Jones has fought the number one contender every time. He’s basically cleaned out the division and has been open to fighting the up and coming talent. When Silva fought Bonnar last year, I thought that fight was obviously a protective move by the UFC. Bonnar was ranked 27th or something at the time.

      • ♞ Castle Bravo ♞

        Of all the fighters in their organization, Jon Jones is the only one they sponsor.

  • liam

    Headliner for the UK card and push Gustaffson down to co-main please?? 🙂

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    JBJ needs more time to recover from Gus, plain and simple. After that fight, I couldn’t see JBJ fighting within six months.