Dana White to Jon Jones: Worry About Glover Teixeira, Not Richie Incognito

John HeinisSenior Analyst INovember 14, 2013

Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Jon Jones enters the octagon before his fight against Alexander Gustafsson (not pictured) during their light heavyweight championship bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

UFC President Dana White appears to be a little annoyed at his company's light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, saying that "I'd kill" embattled Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito in a fight. 

While "Bones" wasn't being literal, White still seemed to believe it was a silly comment to make when he addressed the matter during an appearance on FOX Sports 1

I'm not even involved in football or any of that stuff and I'm already tired of the Richie Incognito stories and the whole thing. We're talking about football players here. It's ridiculous. And Jon Jones better worry about Glover Teixeira, not Richie Incognito, because he ain't going to be fighting him anytime soon.

In case you aren't a football fan, Incognito was suspended for allegedly bullying and harassing then-rookie teammate Jonathan Martin on November 4, per ESPN.  

Martin has since left the team while Incognito remains suspended over the allegations, which include forcing Martin to contribute $15,000 to a trip to Las Vegasa trip the second round draft pick wasn't even attending. 

Back to the MMA side of things, the UFC announced yesterday that Jones will next defend his light heavyweight strap against surging contender Glover Teixeira at UFC 170 in February, per MMA Junkie

The bout was originally announced to take place at UFC 169, which is hosted at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jerseythe same venue where Jones won the title in March 2011. 

However, White stated that the title tilt had been announced prematurely and the bout would be pushed back to a later date (UFC 169 is set for February 1), per Bloody Elbow

Teixeira, the No. 2 fighter in the UFC's official light heavyweight rankings, enters the bout on the strength of an incredible 20-fight win streak, with five of those victories coming inside the Octagon.

The top ranked fighter in the UFC's pound-for-pound rankings, Jones has won 10 consecutive fights, including a UFC record six straight title defenses at light heavyweight, and he has faced little opposition outside of a "Fight of the Year" contender against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September.

Will Teixeira be able to pull off an unforeseen upset and wear championship gold early next year or will Jones' reign of superiority at 205 pounds continue?  


John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com.