Earlier this week multiple reports surfaced that Jon Jones’ next title defense will come at UFC 169 against Glover Teixeira. It was also announced that Frank Mir vs Alistair Overeem would be postponed from UFC 167 to the Super Bowl card as well.
Dana White, on a media call today, said that the fight was never formally finalized for that date and that the fight will not occur at UFC 169. He said the fight will be later in the year, but not in February. Oddly enough, the UFC even made the fight official for UFC 169 last week on their website. Obviously something has changed that made Dana have to backtrack a bit.
Fortunately for the fans, White estimated that the fight would likely take place in March.
The UFC has been putting on stacked cards on Super Bowl weekend since 2005. The headliners of all of the Super Bowl cards are listed below:
- UFC 51- Tito Ortiz vs Vitor Belfort
- UFC 57- Liddell vs Couture 3 for the Light Heavyweight title
- UFC 67- Silva vs Lutter (Lutter did not make weight, so the fight became a non-title fight)
- UFC 81- Tim Sylvia vs Minotauro Nogueira for the Interim Heavyweight title
- UFC 91- GSP vs BJ Penn 2 for the Welterweight title
- UFC 109- Randy Couture vs Mark Coleman
- UFC 126- Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort for the Middleweight title
- UFC 143- Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit for the Interim Welterweight title
- UFC 156- Frankie Edgar vs Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title
With the Heavyweight, Welterweight, Middleweight, Lightweight, and Women’s Bantamweight titles all being contested for before February, what fight do you think will headline the main event at UFC 169?
Could it possibly be the long awaited return of Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao to unify the Bantamweight championship? I guess we will have to wait to find out.