Jon Jones on the logic behind taking Glover Teixeira fight over Alexander Gustafsson rematch

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

UFC light heavyweight champion comments on why he decided that a fight with Glover Teixeira made more sense than a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson

As soon as UFC 165 wrapped and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was announced as a unanimous decision victor over Alexander Gustafsson, there were calls for an immediate rematch. The five round battle, which earned each fighter an extra $50,000 for Fight of the Night, was the toughest of Jones' six title defenses, and many felt that a rematch was fully warranted.

Immediately after the fight, it seemed UFC president Dana White was among that group that liked the idea of a rematch. White spoke to Ariel Helwani after the fight, saying:

There's a real good possibility we could do this again. I think that fight was awesome. I think this is one of those fights that people would love to see again, and it would be hard for either one of the fighters not to think they should rematch.

Actually, it wasn't all that hard for one of the fighters to think that they should not rematch. Jones was that fighter.

Shortly after his win, it was announced that Jones was going to face Glover Teixeira for his seventh title defense. A fight, that was essentially promised to Teixeira by the UFC before the performance that Jones and Gustafsson put on in UFC 165's main event. The Teixeira fight, according to White, was the fight Jones preferred.

During the UFC's press tour for UFC 167, the UFC's 20th anniversary event, Jones paid a visit to Luke Thomas, who asked Jones about how and why the Teixeira fight came to be. Jones responded:

Dana White said to me, either there's Glover Teixeira, or there's a rematch (with Alexander Gustafsson.) I thought right away that I wanted to fight Glover Teixeira. A rematch would be huge for a lot of fans to see. I'm sure (it would be) very entertaining for a lot of fans to see, but I'm thinking about more than what people want to see. I'm thinking about new challenges, and maybe a superfight or a rematch with Gustafsson will be bigger after we've won more fights.

Me and Gustafsson are both 26-years old. I don't think there's a reason to rush rematching someone that I'll probably be having five matches with somewhere down the line.

In my head, I'm going to dominate him the second time around, and it won't be this big impressive thing to try and stay tuned to.

It was my decision to fight Glover Teixeira, and I think it's a decision that should be respected.

The Jones versus Teixeira match up had been recently announced as the main event for UFC 170, but that date has been scratched. At this time, the date and location of the fight remains undecided.

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