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Dana White: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira 'not happening' at UFC 169 over Super Bowl Weekend in NJ

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Because the timing "wouldn't work."

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Hopefully, you didn't already buy those plane tickets.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was expected to bring a light heavyweight title fight to UFC 169, the mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for Feb. 1, 2013 in (or around) Newark, New Jersey, which would coincide with Super Bowl 48 on Feb. 2 at the nearby MetLife stadium.

Headlining the event, according to an initial report from UFC, was Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira.

Not happening.

That's because the timing "wouldn't work," according to UFC President Dana White, who told reporters on today's (Oct. 7) media conference call that his team "jumped the gun," as the bout was never official. It is, however, being planned for the following month at a venue to be determined.

Easy come, easy go.

Alexander Gustafsson is "100 percent" next in line for a 205-pound title shot if he's able to win his next fight, according to White. At this time, "The Mauler" does not have an opponent lined up, but recent talk puts him at a yet-to-be-announced fight card in Sweden, or possibly London.

That's important to note, because White was trying to coordinate bouts between Jones and Gustafsson. Following their epic championship headliner at last month's UFC 165 event (more on that here), fight fans were calling for an immediate rematch to settle this (mild) controversy.

If they compete at the same time, or close to it, then they can also be on the same schedule when it comes to getting back into camp and ultimately, back into the Octagon. Assuming, of course, we don't get a replay of this second-round mishap.

Teixeira, meanwhile, can do nothing but wait.

The soft-spoken Brazilian has been on a "will-he-or-won't-he" roller coaster when it comes to vying for the title. A sloppy knockout win over Ryan Bader a few weeks back in Brazil, coupled with Gustafsson's career performance in Toronto, left the door open for a Swedish switcheroo.

It hasn't happened yet, but now he's got another month or so to sweat over it.

Or until whenever the timing "works."