It hasn’t taken long for UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones to request his next opponent, and if you were hoping to see “Bones” throw down with “The Mauler” next, you’re going to be disappointed.
According to a report from ESPN, the 26 year-old has informed the UFC that he wants to fight rising contender Glover Teixeira next, and then after that, rematch Gustafsson. UFC President Dana White confirmed that the promotion will look to facilitate Jones’ request by stating:
“That’s what the champ wants,” White said. “We’ll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey.”
Unless you’ve been huddled in a cave somewhere, chances are you know that Jones and Gustafsson engaged in a mind blowing war at UFC 165, and that the champ emerged with the UD win. The aforementioned report included a statement Jones has made regarding the instant classic, and his short term goals.
“I said before the [Gustafsson] fight my sights were set on breaking the record,” Jones said. “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.”
White also relayed that Gustafsson will headline a card in his native Sweden right around Jones-Teixieira. It will be interesting to see who they match him up against.
So, this is good news for Teixeira and his fans. Whether he can test Jones in the same fashion as Gustafsson did remains to be seen.
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