The champ wants a Brazilian, and his name is Glover Teixeira.
UFC 205-pound champ Jon Jones told UFC boss Dana White that he wants his next challenge to be rising Brazilian star Glover Teixeira and the UFC is happy to oblige him for February 2014.
“That’s what the champ wants,” White told ESPN.com. “We’ll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey.”
With Teixeira getting the nod to fight Jones, this all but eliminates Alexander Gustaffson’s chances for an immediate rematch. Gustafsson fought Jones in a highly contested match that saw the champ take on more damage than he’s ever sustained since he started his career. The unanimous decision for Jones was met with heavy backlash on the internet from people who thought Gustafsson should have won a decision.
Teixeira is undefeated in the UFC, winning five in row since coming to the organization and 20 overall. However, none of Teixeira’s five octagon wins have come over top 10 opponents.
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