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Thursday, Sep 26, 2013

Report: Jones Asks For Teixeira, UFC Targeting Super Bowl Weekend

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

Following Jon Jones’ thrilling, title defense victory over Alexander Gustafsson Saturday night, UFC President Dana White thought the champion would take some time before deciding what’s next. Just a few days later, however, it looks like “Bones” has already decided.

In a new report from ESPN, Jones is quoted saying that he wants to fight Glover Teixeira next, and Gustafsson after that. White also said that the promotion has agreed to Jones’ request, and is hoping to hold the bout next February on Super Bowl weekend in New Jersey.

Jones relayed in a statement:

“I said before the [Gustafsson] fight my sights were set on breaking the record,” Jones said. “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.”

White relayed that Gustafsson is going to be booked to headline an event in his native Sweden, and that the fight will take place close to the same time as Jones-Teixeira.

Teixeira was promised a title shot in September, after he stopped Ryan Bader at UFC FN 28. Due to the competitive battle that Jones-Gustafsson was, and follow up comments from White, there was speculation that the promotion might book an immediate rematch instead.


posted by FCF Staff @ 12:15 pm
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