After several false starts announcing the event and date for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to defend his belt against Glover Teixeira, UFC officials hope to have finally struck gold.
The UFC on Friday announced that it had finally settled on April 26 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore for UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira.
After setting and moving Jones’ next defense several times in previous months, this one is likely to stick, as Jones’ older brother, Arthur Jones, plays for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. So the UFC will be playing on the crossover appeal of Ravens fans and it’s close to home for Jones, a native of Rochester, N.Y.
Jones (19-1) won the 205-pound title in 2011 and has successfully defended the belt six consecutive times; a UFC record. His last defense came against Alexander Gustafsson in what was arguably his toughest test to date, leaving the Octagon bloodier and bruised more than ever before.
Teixeira (22-2) is undefeated in the UFC, picking up wins over former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, James Te Huna, and most recently Ryan Bader with a first-round technical knockout at UFC Fight Night 28 in September. Nineteen of Teixeira’s 22 wins have been finishes.
The two will finally, hopefully, meet in the Octagon on April 26.
Should Jones defeat Teixeira, and Gustafsson get past Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 in March, Jones and Gustafsson would then rematch, according to UFC president Dana White.
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