Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira won’t fight at UFC 171 after all. The light-heavyweight title match has been shifted from events in the past couple of months to allow light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones to recover from lingering injuries.
Jones was originally scheduled to defend his belt against Teixeira at UFC 169 in New Jersey but had to withdraw due to injury. The match was then rebooked for UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas.
Now the event has been moved again to UFC 172. This comes from welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vacating his belt earlier today; leaving the UFC to book Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks for the vacant welterweight title in the main event of UFC 171.
The UFC opted not to have two major title fights on the Dallas card and as a result opted to move Jones vs. Teixeira to UFC 172. Currently UFC 172 doesn’t have a venue or location to be held and Jones vs. Teixeira are the only fight currently on the card.
“Bones” Jones will look to stretch his current win streak to eleven and his light-heavyweight title defenses to a record seven times. In his most recent outing he won a very close, highly contested, decision over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.
His opponent Teixeira will be hoping for his twenty-first straight victory to take Jones’ belt. The Brazilian is 5-0 in the UFC with four finishes. In his most recent performance he earned a “Knockout of the Night” finish over Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28.
It would have been nice to see both title fights on the same card but with UFC 172 previously not having any big name bookings you can understand the company’s decision. All in all UFC 171 still looks stacked. The official card so far:
Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler – for vacant welterweight title
Carlos Condit vs. opponent TBA
Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields
Myles Jury vs. Diego Sanchez
Ovince St. Preux vs. Thiago Silva
Robert McDaniel vs. Tor Troeng
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Spencer