Jon Jones‘ next fight will be against No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira, and will “probably” be held on Feb. 1 in Newark, N.J., according to sources.
On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN the light heavyweight champion’s next challenger. According to White, Jones opted to fight Teixeira next.
“That’s what the champ wants,” White said. “We’ll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey.”
Jones recently set a new UFC record for sixth consecutive light heavyweight title defenses at UFC 165. The fight took place this past weekend in Toronto, where he unanimously defeated Alexander Gustafsson.
The bout was the champ’s toughest title defense in his career, taking Jones down to the mat, which helped his case for an immediate rematch. However, Jones wants to move on to chase his seventh title defense against Teixeira. Although, he did promise to give Gustafsson a rematch directly after.
“I said before the [Gustafsson] fight my sights were set on breaking the record,” Jones said in a statement released by the UFC. “I want to crush the record. I want to beat the record so bad it can never be broken.”
“I’m going to fight Glover and I will answer all the critics about the Gustafsson fight. I will fight Gustafsson after I fight Glover. I won the fight but I look at it as a blemish on my record because some people think I didn’t. I promise you, he will be next.”