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Report: Jon Jones to Defend Title Against Glover Teixeira

jon-jones-winsUFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title next against contender Glover Teixeira, likely at their Super Bowl weekend card in Newark, NJ on February 1.

ESPN.com was first to report the news.

Jones (19-1) is coming off his sixth consecutive defense of his championship — a new UFC record for the light heavyweight division — against Alexander Gustafsson (15-2) in what what his toughest contest to date.  Gustafsson will have to wait to get a rematch and will have his next fight early next year in his home country Sweden.

While there was some talk that the Swede would get an automatic rematch, UFC president Dana While said that Jones asked for the fight against No. 1 contender Teixeira (22-2).

“That’s what the champ wants,” White said. “We’ll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey.”

Jones added that he will be ready to square off against Gustafsson again following each of their next fights if they both win.  He said that first, he wanted to answer anyone who questioned his dominance.

“I said before the [Gustafsson] fight my sights were set on breaking the record,” Jones said in a statement released by the UFC. “I want to crush the record. I want to beat the record so bad it can never be broken.

“I’m going to fight Glover and I will answer all the critics about the Gustafsson fight. I will fight Gustafsson after I fight Glover. I won the fight but I look at it as a blemish on my record because some people think I didn’t. I promise you, he will be next.”

Gustafsson gave Jones his toughest fight last Saturday at UFC 165 in Toronto, Canada where the champion pulled out a unanimous decision victory in what was an instant classic.  Jones was hospitalized following the bout and released the following day.

The Ontario Athletic Commission placed Jones on a 60-day medical suspension following the title fight.

Teixeira (22-2) is riding a 20-fight win streak heading into his title fight against Jones.  He defeated Ryan Bader with a first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 28 on Sept. 4.

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