Dana White bears disappointing news, fight fans.
After a Newsday report indicated that Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira would top the UFC's annual Super Bowl card on Feb. 1—with Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem co-headlining—fans buzzed with anticipation of this star-studded event.
However, UFC President White shot down this report on Monday on a media call, saying that the UFC 169 main event is not official and never was.
White went on to say that Jones vs. Teixeira will still happen, probably in March.
Until then, fans craving for high-profile title fights will be satiated by a ridiculous run of six title fights between now and the end of the year.
One of the sport's biggest stars, Georges St-Pierre, puts his welterweight title on the line against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, while Cain Velasquez, Demetrious Johnson, Ronda Rousey, Chris Weidman and newly minted lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will also defend their honor as the top dogs of their respective divisions before Jan. 1.
With this slate of big fights on deck, it is hard to get too worked up about the disappointing UFC 169 news relayed by White.
Jones, fresh off a five-round war against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, could use the extra time to rest and recover both mentally and physically. The postponement of this bout will afford him ample time to do so.
For now, the aforementioned Mir vs. Overeem tangle remains the only confirmed bout for the UFC's Super Bowl card.
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