In a teleconference Monday, UFC president Dana White told members of the media that the light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira will not, in fact, take place Super Bowl weekend on Feb. 1 as was originally widely reported.
"That was never, ever a done deal," White said.
"That's going to be later. That was never a done deal…the timing didn’t work out…Our [public relations] people put it out, and they shouldn't have."
White went on to say that the 205 pound title bout is likely to take place in March and that he expects Alexander Gustafsson to fight near the same time. Gustafsson unexpectedly pushed Jones to the limit in their UFC 165 main event last month and the decision win for the champion was so close that fans are already clamoring for a rematch.
Should Jones and Gustafsson both win their fights in early 2014, White said that the rivals will "100 percent will fight next."
Listen to the full audio of the media teleconference here.
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