UFC President Dana White has officially announced that the main event at UFC 171 will be a fight for the vacant welterweight title between Robbie Lawler (22-9) and Johny Hendricks (15-2). As a result, the light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones (19-1) and Glover Teixeira (22-2) will be pushed back to UFC 172.
This latest postponement marks the fourth time Jones vs. Teixeira has been moved to a different event. An exact date and venue have not been officially finalized.
Jones has been the light heavyweight champ since destroying Mauricio Rua in 2011. Since then, he’s steamrolled through Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, and won a competitive fight against Alexander Gustafsson.
Teixeira is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC. The hard hitting Brazilian slugger hasn’t lost a fight since 2005. He hits like a train, he’s got a solid chin, and he’s very difficult to take down. Former champ Lyoto Machida has said he believes Teixeira is the man to beat Jones. We’ll have to wait until UFC 172 now to find out.