Jon Jones Wants and Will Get Glover Teixeira Next; Likely Super Bowl Weekend

September 26, 2013
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Jon-Jones-UFC-Expo-2013All the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson immediate rematch talk can stop. As initially planned, Jones will next defend his belt against Glover Teixeira.

Before the scorecards were read at UFC 165 on Saturday night in Toronto, those who witnessed the brutal five-round bout between the UFC’s reigning light heavyweight champion and his Swedish challenger began yammering for a rematch.

It really didn’t matter who won – although Jones did by unanimous decision – an overwhelming majority wants to see that fight again.

Even UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that he would like to see the rematch, although he was non-committal about when, having already promised Teixeira the next shot.

Teixeira will be the next challenger for the belt, but it all came down to the champion’s wishes. Jones asked for and was granted the Brazilian as his next challenger.

Immediately after the fight, Jones was leaning towards granting Gustafsson a rematch. He told UFC Tonight, however, that after watching replays of the fight about ten times, Jones believes he decisively won the second, fourth, and fifth rounds, so he wants to move on and fight Teixeira next.

White on Wednesday night confirmed to ESPN that Jones made the request and that fight is what the UFC intends for him.

“That’s what the champ wants,” White said. “We’ll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey.”

The UFC has traditionally done its Super Bowl weekend events in Las Vegas, but Fox has the rights to the Super Bowl this season, which takes place Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Fox is looking to take over the sports world that week, doubling down with the Super Bowl and what is typically one of the UFC’s biggest shows of the year.

Gustafsson is not completely out of the picture though. White told ESPN that the Swede would likely fight on his home turf around the same time, insinuating that he could be back in the Octagon against the Jones/Gustafsson victor.

“Around the same time of the Jones-Teixeira fight, Gustafsson will fight in Sweden,” White said. “I don’t have an official date for that yet.”

The UFC has operated shows in Stockholm the past two years, each time in April.

Jones, in a statement from the UFC, also confirmed his intent to rematch Gustafsson after fighting Teixeira despite believing he won decisively in Toronto.

“I said before the (Gustafsson) fight my sights were set on breaking the record,” Jones said in the statement. “I want to crush the record. I want to beat the record so bad it can never be broken.

“I’m going to fight Glover and I will answer all the critics about the Gustafsson fight. I will fight Gustafsson after I fight Glover. I won the fight, but I look at it as a blemish on my record because some people think I didn’t. I promise you, he will be next.”

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  • Kenny Powers

    Cormier/Davis for next title shot. Gustaffson vs Rashad/Chael winner. Damn, 205 lookin shallow w/ Lyoto & Mousasi goin to MW.

    • justin e

      Wait till, rashad, chael, shogun, and hendo all go to mw. Then we will see how shallow 205 really is once everyone is fighting at their best weight class.

  • Manuel Lopez

    Didn’t Jones say that Glover wasn’t ready? Jones is a pu$$y. Such a grown man full if excuses and bull$hit.

    • Sir_Roy

      Right. Who the hell are you to call a champion cage fighter a pu$$y???

      The pseudo courage of an armchair warrior in all its pathetic glory.

      • Manuel Lopez

        Yep I feel pretty safe from my armchair, and ok I was harsh… no mma fighter is really a pu$$y… but he IS pu$$ying out of a rematch where I truly believe Guftasson will beat Jones. And Jones knows it.

        • Sir_Roy

          Jones just stepped out of a 5 round war with someone everyone knows could beat him now. He didn’t quit and did himself proud regardless. Give him a break. I personally think the fight could be scored either way. In my mind, you give a close decision to the reigning champ. I’m of the school where you have to beat the champ to be the champ. Not “close decision the champ in a razor tight decision that is almost too close to call” type of way.

          I would have been extremely comfortable had Gus been given the nod in that fight. I’m equally comfortable seeing Jones retain his belt. It was that good, and that close a fight.

          I think fighting Glover next is the right play. I want to see that fight. Glover deserves his chance. Either way the fight goes, we’re all bound to see a rematch between Gus and Jones. It’ll simply be more meaningful.

          • Chris Morgan

            Keep in mind that there are a lot of things that need to fall into place for a rematch to actually happen and be more meaningful. Injuries, scheduling conflicts, losses, etc. can all potentially effect a potential rematch in a negative way.
            The UFC is taking a risk by not going with the rematch. Personally, I think they’re saving Jones/Gus 2 to ensure they don’t have a repeat of the UFC 151 debacle. Either way, it will be interesting to see how things play out.

  • dave

    won decisively??? yeh right….

  • Rupert Martin

    Not sure about decisively, but I could live with that decision. He definitely won the 4th and 5th rounds easily. I wouldn’t say he was a pu$$y. Not sure why internet tuff guys always want to insult professional athletes. If you could do better, you would be in there. I might not agree with some of the things about certain fighters, but being someone who has wrestled in college and train MMA with pro fighters, I respect the game too much. Jones has destroyed everyone he has faced (except Gus). If he want to fight Glover, let him. It’s not like Glover is some scrub….

    • Sarcasticball

      Agreed, and I don’t understand why people bash on champ because he challenge an opponent… I mean It’s the ufc who decide who face who not the champ… So in my opinion, Gsp dosen’t dodge Hendrick, Silva haven’t dodge Sonnen or weidmann and Jones dosen’t Dodge Guss period.

      • Dragon Kid

        GSP dodged Hendricks and chose to fight a guy who was retired (Diaz) while Hendricks was already the #1 contender

        • Sarcasticball

          So you think that fighter choose their opponent and not the UFC… Wow! Sorry to tell you that but buissiness dosen’t work that way.

          • TrentSki

            Do some research

          • Guest

            so you think it makes sense for ufc to set up a fight between gsp and a retired nick diaz rather than the no.1 contender Hendricks? yeah, very logical isn’t it or are u just in denial

        • Sir_Roy

          Holy uneducated bull crap.

          That is all.

        • Jay Mcgarrity

          GSP vs Diaz was a fight that more people wanted to see and it was a bigger fight. That means more people watching and more money going around. It was also a fight that was supposed to happen before and never did. Diaz was really the first person to really get under GSP’s skin, almost punking him in front of the world. If GSP passed on the Diaz fight and fought Hendricks people would be saying the exact same thing you are saying about him in regards to dodging Diaz.

          Hendricks is awesome but he’s not the most marketable guy. The UFC world tour is really helping the promotion for this fight as well as the other title fights. It’s much better that the fight is happening now that people have had time to get to become more familiar with Hendricks.

          • Dragon Kid

            GSP vs Diaz would’ve happened a year ago but Diaz blew his chances by skipping media conferences. That’s his own fault. Time to move on. Why go back a step for and fight some punk who’s retired and irrelevant when there’s a top challenger who’s more dangerous yet reliable?

          • Jay Mcgarrity

            I just told you why but it’s possible you missed it so I’ll say it again. Money, respect, and giving the fans the fight that they wanted to see. Three very good reasons but I guess if those aren’t good enough for you we should probably contact GSP and let him know he needs to talk to Kenji Kent before he makes another career move without a consultation first.

          • Dragon Kid

            gsp vs. diaz was so boring I’d rather watch paint dry.

        • Kris-tyahn

          Hum who’s GSP fighting next?! Therefore NO, he did not dodge Hendricks, bc he accepted to fight him one fight later. GSP was supposed to fight Diaz twice and for GSP the Diaz fight was personal! If u actually believed Diaz was retired bc the sook lost to Condit, then ur even more stupid than your posted comment!!! Just like BJ Penn was retired twice already! But he’s fighting Edgar again!

          • Dragon Kid

            Hendricks was already the number 1 contender before GSP decided to choose to fight a retired Nick Diaz. Do your research. Personal or not, Diaz blew his chances, that kid is just a punk.

  • Giovanni

    LOL He’s scared and wants to take it easy just to add another fight to his record. Texeira has nothing on Jones, but I can assure you his record will break when he rematches Alexander.

    The only reason Jones is fighting Texeira next is because Chuck Liddell (Dana’s lover) told him they would break up if he didn’t let his pet (Texeira) fight for the title as he had promised. Dana is whooped lol!

  • bajafox

    This fight makes more sense. There is no reason to believe that Jones and Alex will never meet again. Those two will probably have one of the best 205lb rivalries of the modern MMA era.

    The Jones/Glover fight has to happen

  • Jay Mcgarrity

    Was most certainly not decisive but it was an awesome fight and great performance from both guys. I would definitely not call Jones a Pus$y after what he did in that fight but one thing I noticed and pointed out many times to the people I was watching the fight with is that Jones looked very worried and almost even scared in the early rounds. It was almost like Jones could feel the title slipping away and you could really see it on his face. Barnett stated that he saw Jones break and Gustaffson could’ve finished him if he really put it on him. Jones still came back strong late in the forth and fifth and did what most fighters would not be able to do. Either way, nobody can really question either fighters after that.

    Personally, I don’t like that Jones doesn’t want to get back in there with Gustaffson and win decisively to show everyone that he is the undeniable champion. I scored the fight for Gustaffson but round two was so close it really could’ve gone either way. Gustaffson wants a rematch and Jones should want to do it again as well if he really believes he is the best. I wouldn’t be surprised if team greg jackson is behind this decision to fight Glover next though. This will give Jones extra preparation time with an easier fight before he takes on Gustaffson again.

    The most important thing to note is that Glover really wants this shot and he believes he is ready for it. I don’t really feel like Glover has much of a chance but if he truly believes he can take out Jones, who are any of us to say he can’t. One thing is for certain, this will not be the last time we see Jones vs Gustaffson.

    • Dragon Kid

      I wouldn’t underestimate Glover by saying he’s an easy opponent for Jones. The dude is a very well rounded fighter!

      • Jay Mcgarrity

        I didn’t call him an easy opponent, just said he’s an easier opponent than Gustaffson. If Glover is going to win this fight he is probably going to have to get an early KO or at least hurt Jones enough to cripple him for a later KO or TKO. I don’t see him being able to hang with Jones for 5 rounds. I could be wrong and maybe Glover will surprise us like Gustaffson did by out wrestling Jones but I just don’t see it.

        • Sir_Roy

          Thing is, before the Gustaffson vs. Jones fight, very few would have pegged Gus as the tougher fight over Glover. Seems like hindsight bias to me.

          What I see happening, is all the big names from the last crop of fighters, the bygone generation from Pride and yesteryear, have fallen by the wayside. We are now starting to see the next wave crash down on Jones in LHW. Gus is indicative of the next generation of fighter IMHO. While Glover has been around the block, he’s still hungry and hitting his peak. He’s a damn dangerous fight for Jones … no bones about it. 😛

          • Jay Mcgarrity

            One thing that I said before the Gustaffson fight is that we don’t really know how good Gustaffson is going to be when he steps in the cage. He is a young guy and getting better every time we see him. Glover has a been around the block like you said and we all know what he can do. If Jones didn’t have that big reach advantage I would feel better about Glover’s chances.

            If Glover can get in on Jones he can put him to sleep, no doubt about it. If the fight goes on too long he will most likely get picked apart by Jone’s reach. Glover had Rampage on the ropes but was unable to finish because his conditioning didn’t allow him to push as hard as he needed to get it done. Don’t get me wrong, Rampage is tough and hard to finish and Glover does not have bad conditioning. I just don’t see a lot more scenarios that favor Jones over Glover when I think about this fight. It’s also very hard to predict a fight against a guy with the size and style as Jones. Glover has never really had a hard time taking anyone down but will he be able to take Jones down? Your guess is as good as mine and it will be interesting to see what happens.

  • Marc Livingood

    Jon you did not win round 3 you really were losing round 4 but rocked Alex in the last minute so we give you 4 and 5 because of the take down in the 5th even though Alex got right back up. Bottom line is if there was a round 6 you would have died you were done the doc wanted to stop the fight. How dare you not give Alex a rematch you suck I just lost respect for u.

  • BoneMauler

    Yes freaking bastard Jones coward, he had to watch the replay 10 times to try to somehow convince himself that he won decisively lol he’s so full of it! He just wants the easy way out. I never really liked him but now I don’t even respect him as a person or a fighter. Typical moron who ducks anything that might threaten his comfort zone!

  • Big Tuna

    Fair enough! Gustafson has more to prove and he lost unanamously!

  • Marc Livingood

    I think Glover going to mess him up too reason if that fight had of went to the sixth round Jones would have died he was carried out he is a disgrace to try and say he won decisively. Once a fighter is destroyed as he was he will never be the same that little bit of hesitation he will now have will have him unconscious in the next fight. Gus needs to take a page from Sonnan’s book and start calling out Jones the whole MMA community would support him. I predicted Alexander would destroy him and he did.

  • Kenny Powers

    Actually, since its Jones/Glover, they could make Gustaffson/DC cuz they’re the top contenders & make Davis/ Lil Nog II. Or they could make DC/Davis & Gustaffson/ Lil Nog. Rashad/Chael winner will have to work back up the ladder

  • onehitwonder

    New respect for Bones , he can take it as well as he gives it.

    • dgs

      Absolutely agree. I think asking for Teixeira next was the right thing to do. Teixeira is not an easy fight for ANYONE, so it’s not like Jones is asking for a break. I firmly believe Glover is going to be his toughest fight, even tougher than “the Swede.”

  • solo

    IMO Its best for this fight to happen first. And Glover deserves it. Eventually Jon and Alex will fight again. There’s no doubt about it. We’ll just have to wait.

  • robc

    You kids bashing Jones need to get a life… He won a unanimous decision based not only on the judges, every single media outlet (who at least had him winning or drawing) and Glover himself stated that he felt Jones won. Not to mention Fightmetric supports Jones winning as well. I’d take Glover’s opinion over a bunch of kids on the internet who can’t stand Jones and automaticly assume the worst of him. This is the best fight from the UFC perspective. It was not a split decision victory (like the many Frankie Edgar fights) and does not require an immediate rematch. Glover vs. Jones is a compelling fight and if Dana did indeed promise Glover the next shot (and given he is undefeated in the UFC that makes sense), he will have to keep his word. It’s not like Gustafson loses here. He gets another payday and a chance to train further. To be the champion you have to beat the champion convincingly. Gus will have a chance to do that again soon enough. They should pair him with Phil Davis. He gets to avenge a loss (which he should) and Davis is coming off a high profile win over Machida. Cormier should not be in the mix as he has not had a single fight at 205. Give him one or two fights and then set him up against the eventual winner of Jones Gus II.

    Don’t let your blind hatred of a fighter rob you of the ability to see the truth. Jones won. It was a close fight and the rematch will be stellar. Save the whining and bitching for your mothers…

  • Joe

    I gained a lot of respect for Jones, it takes heart to be in that situation and still push through and make a comeback. I just wish fighters would stop asking for a specific fight, unless there is a legitimate beef. If Jones had just said I’ll fight whoever the UFC gives me next, he would get Glover. Glover had already been publicly promised the next title shot, and no one would have an excuse to bad mouth Jones. I had Gus winning, but I could see it going either way. An immediate rematch, while immediate gratification for us I think would be a let down. It give neither fighter an opportunity to improve, and both camps would try to put together a strategy to neutralize what the other fighter did in the first fight. GiveGus or three fighfights, and he is a different animal for Jones to deal with. Don’t believe me watch Hughes GSP 1 & 2, Randy Chuck 1 & 2, BJ Jens 1 & 2.

  • Silver Surfer

    Alex did a great job but he must wait for the second fight.Glover deserve it.

  • Waldo Truth

    looks like jones is scared to go up against that boxing and takedown defense again to me

  • Oscar Sanchez

    cowardly tactics imo

  • poop

    Gus vs Mousasi.