Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has already got his next title defense lined up for Super Bowl Weekend, and much to the chagrin of Swedish fight fans, it won't be against Alexander Gustafsson.
That honor goes to Glover Teixeira.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the booking to ESPN.com, and further stated that "Bones" was the driving force behind the Feb. 2014 match up, which is expected to go down in or around Newark, New Jersey, in conjunction with the NFL's year-end show.
Hear it straight from the champ's mouth:
"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."
Gustafsson is expected to headline an upcoming fight card in Sweden, according to the report.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were clamoring for a second go-round between Jones and Gustafsson, following their epic, five-round title fight in the main event of last weekend's (Sept. 21, 2013) UFC 165 pay-per-view (PPV) in Toronto (see the highlights here).
"The Mauler" lost a close unanimous decision, but did more damage in their 25-minute dogfight than any other opponent of "Bones" to date (get a look at the carnage here).
Still, he did come up short, so Jones successfully campaigned to have a new opponent and to his credit, Teixeira has yet to be defeated in five trips to the Octagon, most recently planishing Ryan Bader in the UFC Fight Night 28 main event earlier this month in Brazil.
The destruction of "Darth" pushed his record to a near-flawless 22-2.
No official date or destination has been set for "Jones vs. Teixeira," but with Super Bowl 48 taking place on Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium, it's safe to say that UFC will be doing work the night before, likely at the Prudential Center or nearby IZOD Center.