Put the brakes on a previously announced fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.
The light heavyweight title fight that was announced to take place on Feb. 1 at UFC 169, also dubbed the annual Super Bowl card, will be pushed back to a later date, according to an announcement by UFC President Dana White on Monday.
“That was never, ever a done deal,” White told 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.”
White added that the fight will likely land on a UFC card in March, but no immediate plans for a date and venue were announced. White added that the timing of the fight wasn’t right for it to be scheduled on Feb. 1, and wouldn’t reveal any further information as to why they wouldn’t fight on the previously scheduled date.
As of Monday afternoon, the only fight currently planned for the UFC 169 card is a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir.
Jones is coming off a hard-fought battle with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. The win over Gustafsson prompted call for a rematch by fans, but Teixiera was called in to fight for the title instead.
Teixeira earned the light heavyweight title shot with a win over Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28. The win was Teixeira’s 20th in a row.
White added that Gustafsson will likely fight on a UFC card in Sweden around the same time Jones and Teixeira have their match. If both Jones and Gustafsson win, their rematch will “100 percent” be the fight that is scheduled after.