UFC 172: 'Jones vs Teixeira' in Baltimore far from a done deal

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According to recent reports out of Baltimore, UFC 172: "Jones vs. Teixeira," which is only five pay-per-view (PPV) events away, is far from a done deal in Maryland. In fact, there is no current negotiation to book Baltimore Arena, according the venue's general manager, Frank Remesch.

Things are starting to look a little strange when it comes to finding a landing spot for Jon Jones.

In fact, according to "The Baltimore Business Journal," it seems like there is no deal in place at this time for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its UFC 172: "Jones vs. Teixeira" event to be held in Maryland.

The event was rumored to take place at The Baltimore Arena, but according to the general manager of the venue, Frank Remesch, a deal has not yet been reached. On the contrary, he only had what he described as "a vague conversation" about brining the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world to "Old Line State."

"It's a great event that I'd love to have here, but it's not in the books," Remesch confirmed.

The confusion makes sense, considering UFC President Dana White was asked about the location of UFC 172 in his post-fight media scrum at UFC on FOX 9 and he could not answer because the company is still working on the specifics.

For what it's worth, according to the report, UFC's Dave Sholler said the company did not have concrete plans as of this time to hit Baltimore.

It gets murkier.

Apparently, there is a local promotion called Shogun Fights (not to be confused with the legendary Brazilian fighter, Mauricio Rua), which has plans to hold an event on April 12, 2014, the same date UFC 172 is expected to take place. And Shogun Fights plans to stage its event at Baltimore Arena.

Now, under Maryland law, only one MMA event can take place in the state on the same night, which obviously means UFC and Shogun Fights cannot share the spotlight on April 12, 2014.

The good news is that the owner of Shogun Fights, John Rallo, seems like he is willing to compromise and work out a deal that suits all parties involved.

"I'm not against working out a comprise," said Rallo. "I'd be open to having a discussion to see if it made sense to reschedule."

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones informed FOX Sports 1 last week that he would be headlining a pay-per-view (PPV) card in Baltimore opposite Teixeira and that their championship fight would take place on the in question.

The news spread fast among the MMA community, even though it now seems quite uncertain.

If UFC does in fact visit Baltimore in April, it would mark its first-ever event in the state. As for the champion, there was talk of him competing at UFC 169, UFC 170, and UFC 171 before he made his presence official at UFC 172.

Sometimes, the fourth time is a charm ... even if the host city isn't.

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