Moments after the light heavyweight championship match between champion Jon “Bones” Jones and challenger Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson, there had been speculation of whether or not they would meet in an immediate rematch.
While fans were hoping for another clash between Jones and Gustafsson, there was one person who was hoping The Mauler would not be getting a second crack at the title: Glover Teixeira, who had been set to face the winner of the Jones vs. Gustafsson match. A rematch would mean he would have to wait longer to get his shot at the title.
Fortunately for Texieira, his fears of Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 have been diminished as UFC President Dana White announced on EPSN.com that the Brazilian fighter would be facing Jones for the title. The fight could be as early Feb. 1.
Although I would have been happy to see the rematch between Jones and Gustafsson, I have been waiting for Texieira to get his shot at Jones since he defeated former title holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson back in January.
Texieira has been on an impressive run since his arrival in the UFC and has not lost a fight since 2005. Altough some critics say that Texieira is not on the same level, there were people who also said the same thing about Gustafsson before what became what many consider to be the greatest light heavyweight title match in UFC history.
Looking at the match on paper, both fighters are about even when it comes to grappling. It will be the classic case of wrestler, Jones, vs. Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Teixeira. On the feet, the challenger may have the edge when it comes to power, but the champion’s reach has made it difficult for most of his past challengers to contend with. Jones has also demonstrated that he can take a powerful punch.
Jones vs. Teixeira has the potential to become one of the first classic bouts of 2014. It also cements the changing of the guard for the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
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