After two false starts, UFC officials are hoping that the third time is a charm.
UFC officials on Wednesday night announced via UFC Tonight that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would next put his belt on the line against Glover Teixeira at UFC 171 on March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
It marks the third time that the bout has been announced.
Jones vs. Teixeira was initially announced for the promotion’s Super Bowl weekend fight card at UFC 169. That turned out to be a premature reveal. That led to a revised date for the bout to headline UFC 170 on Feb. 22.
Shortly thereafter, UFC president Dana White revealed that Jones wouldn’t quite be ready for that date either.
So now, hopefully, the March 15 date sticks and Jones vs. Teixeira will headline the promotion’s return to Dallas.
The UFC hasn’t been to Dallas since Rich Franklin fought Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 103 on Sept. 19, 2009.