What is going on with UFC Lightweight Champion Jon Jones? The UFC announced that his next title defense against Glover Teixeira would be on February 22nd, at the UFC 170 event. In the time since his last outing against Alexander Gustafsson, Jones has been vocal about wanting to fight Teixeira. After all Teixeira has a lot of momentum and has been talked about as a potential challenger for a long time, and Jones seemed to prefer that challenge to a rematch with Gustafsson or a match with Daniel Cormier.
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If the Jones-Teixeira fight ever happens, this will only help Teixiera be less of an underdog. There is little positive that could cause a 26 year old athlete like Jones to pull out of a fight or require more time this far in advance.
With Gustafsson booked against Jimi Manuwa for a London event in March, the rematch with the dangerous Swede is off the table. But could the UFC be looking to change Jones opponent?
This could be unfortunate for Teixeira, who no matter what will be a pretty solid underdog against the champ. Though he is a hungry challenger who has had several notable performances in the UFC, he is not a flashy name by any stretch of the imagination. At 34 years old, waiting is not good for Teixeira either, but the UFC has opted for the perceived ‘bigger’ fight.
This would mean Cormier is the likely choice. The wrestler is also in his 30′s, and though he has won convincingly, he really hasn’t made a huge impression in the UFC yet. But the weight cut he is about to undergo is no joke, and it is unlikely to be something Cormier will want to do as he heads into his late 30′s. Could the UFC be doing the old switcheroo again fast-tracking Cormier?
Let’s hope this is the case, because as I said earlier, if Jones is pulling out of this fight three months prior, it cannot be for any reason that is good.