White: Jon Jones pulled out of UFC 170 due to lingering issues from Gustafsson fight

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

UFC president Dana White said that light heavyweight champ Jon Jones pulled out of his UFC 170 bout with Glover Teixeira due to lingering issues from his last fight with Alexander Gustafsson.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is apparently still feeling the effects of his rough UFC 165 title defense against Alexander Gustafsson. That's what UFC president Dana White says anyway. In the post-fight media scrum following UFC 167, White addressed the reason why Jones pulled out of his UFC 170 title defense against Glover Teixeira despite the bout just being announced a few days ago:

"Jon Jones went back in the gym and just didn't feel good. He said his legs were still bothering him and his eye is bothering him. He still banged up from that fight."

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"That fight wasn't that long ago. It's like being in a car accident."

Jones (19-1) defeated Gustafsson by unanimous decision but took a tremendous amount of damage in the bout. The fight was eight weeks ago, but it's not all that surprising he's still feeling the effects of it. What is mildly surprising is that the UFC has rushed into booking the fight with Teixeira twice now without really understanding what sort of shape their champ is in.

After explaining why Jones was out, White was asked when the bout could be expected to take place. Unsurprisingly, he wasn't ready to commit to anything:

"We're still working on that deal."

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