Following one of the great title fights in UFC history, many fans and media members alike called for an immediate 2nd fight between light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Glover Teixeira was granted his own title shot by Marshall Zelaznik in early September after a TKO win over Ryan Bader. Last night it was reported that Jones had a change of heart as far as fighting Gustafsson again, and Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto that Jones will face Teixeira next year:
UFC president Dana White confirmed Jones' next opponent to ESPN.com on Wednesday. According to White, Jones personally requested to fight Teixeira next.
"That's what the champ wants," White said. "We'll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey."
Teixeira (20-2) is 5-0 in the UFC with 4 of his 5 victories ending inside the distance.
The Super Bowl weekend card is set for February 1st at the Prudential Center in Newark, past reports suggest this card will air live on Fox Sports 1. It's also important to note that Fox has the Super Bowl this year, so perhaps they've been angling to nab the UFC event traditionally set in Las Vegas on PPV, and are looking to broadcast the main card on either Fox or FS1.
Gustafsson's next fight will be in his home country of Sweden, but a date for that event is TBD.