The UFC has guaranteed fireworks for their first Super Bowl Weekend card outside of its traditional home of Las Vegas with the announcement that Jon Jones will defend his Light Heavyweight Title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169.
Newsday first reported the story earlier today, with UFC officials later confirming it.
Jon “Bones” Jones (19-1) is well on his way to cementing his status as the greatest light heavyweight fighter of all time. With the only blemish on his record coming from a bizarre disqualification due to an illegal elbow, Jones has laid waste to the 205 lbs. ranks, with victories over everybody from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to Lyoto Machida. Last seen earning a unanimous decision victory against Alexander Gustafsson in a bout that made him look all too human, the cocky “Bones” will be looking to rebuild his aura of invincibility with a convincing win over his latest Brazilian challenger. Will he get that decisive victory over Teixeira?
Glover “Hands of Stone” Teixeira (22-2) is, without a doubt, one of the scariest men fighting in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Normally a kind fellow outside of the cage, a switch flips once the door locks and turns the Brazilian from Dr. Jekyl into Mr. Hyde. Don’t believe it? Watch his buzzsaw-like victories over the likes of Fabio Maldonado, James Te Huna, and – most recently – Ryan Bader. The Brazilian murder machine has made it clear that he wants to be at the top of the UFC’s 205 lbs. division. Will he be able to scale the summit and defeat Jones for the Light Heavyweight Title?
UFC 169 goes down on Feb. 1st, 2014, from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The card is headlined by a Light Heavyweight Title bout between dominant champion Jon Jones and surging challenger Glover Teixiera. Stay tuned to MMASucka.com for more on this and other events.