While many people were anticipating a rematch between Jones and Gustafsson, another contender is going to get a shot at the title first. The bout between UFC light-heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira will take place February 1st at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII. Jones will be the main event making his seventh title defense at UFC 169. The info was confirmed by Newsday:
The UFC typically holds its Super Bowl weekend show in Las Vegas, but since broadcast partner Fox will air the NFL’s premier showcase event, executives wanted both events in the same area. MetLife Stadium hosts Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, the first time the NFL has held the game outdoors in a cold-weather city. Tickets for UFC 169 will go on sale to the public on Oct. 25.
UFC 169 will also feature a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir, a matchup that rescheduled from UFC 167 St Pierre vs Hendricks in November. The Nevada State Athletic Commission recommended the fight reschedule for a later date on behalf of Frank Mir who recently fought at UFC 165.
UFC officials announced today that the heavyweight showdown between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem has been rescheduled to UFC 169 on February 1, 2014.
The move was determined in conjunction with the Nevada State Athletic Commission representatives to provide more time following Frank Mir’s recent August 31st competition.
While there was no indication whatsoever that Mir wouldn’t be fully, medically cleared in time to compete on November 16th, UFC officials and Nevada Commission representatives believed that a short postponement would allow both athletes more time to train for the bout.
This is an important fight for both fighters with Overeem coming off a pair of losses and Mir coming off 3 losses. After the bout we may not see the loser of the fight in the UFC anymore.
Since UFC 167 lost a big main card bout, the welterweight fight between Tyron Woodley and Josh Koscheck has been moved up from the prelims to the main card.