When the Super Bowl arrives on Feb. 2, 2014, FOX will be talking a lot about football — and the UFC.
In a blockbuster announcement, the UFC confirmed to SciFighting.com that it plans to hold UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 1, from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on the eve of the Super Bowl. The show will be headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira, with a co-main event of Frank Mir (16-8) vs. Alistair Overeem (36-13).
Newsday.com first reported news of the match-ups on Thursday.
Since Fox will broadcast this year’s Super Bowl, it’s likely that the FOX will promote the UFC show heavily alongside its regular Super Bowl promotion. NFL stars could be featured on the FOX Pay-Per-View and UFC stars may play a role in the Super Bowl broadcast.
Jones (19-1) will defend against highly touted Teixeira (22-2) rather than Alexander Gustafsson, whom he beat by a close unanimous decision at UFC 165 in September. Teixeira was in line for a title shot at the winner of the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight.
The UFC has also decided to move the Mir. vs. Overeem fight from the originally planned Nov. 16 card at UFC 167 to the Feb. 1 show to allow Mir and Overeem more time to recover from their knockout losses to Josh Barnett and Travis Browne.
UFC President Dana White has said that the loser of the Mir. vs. Overeem fight will likely be cut from the UFC. Mir has lost his last three fights, one to Junior Dos Santos, another to Daniel Cormier, and the last to Barnett. Overeem, who knocked out and retired Brock Lesnar, has lost his last two fights by knockout, first to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva then Browne.
Next year’s Super Bowl will take place at the Met Life Stadium, also in Newark, the night after UFC 169.