UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the Jones-Teixeira light heavyweight title fight will not headline the UFC 169 Super Bowl weekend card next year.
“That was never, ever a done deal,” White said to reporters on a conference call. “That’s going to be later. That was never a done deal. Our (public relations) people put it out, and they shouldn’t have.”
He added that “the timing didn’t work out,” and that March is now the window they are aiming for.
White stated that Alexander Gustafsson, who Jones last defended his title against, will likely fight around the same time in Sweden or London. Provided both Jones and Gustafsson win their respective bouts, a rematch between the two will be the UFC’s next move.
The UFC’s Super Bowl weekend event will be held in New Jersey this year, instead of the usual Las Vegas venue. It will take place on February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
With Jones and Teixeira no longer on the card, the only confirmed match up for UFC 169 is a heavyweight bout between former UFC champ Frank Mir and former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem.