Bones sets February or March return

Coming off a five-round war against Alexander Gustafsson, it makes sense Jon Jones wanted some time to himself. With his next opponent already lined up – the powder-keg Glover Teixera – it makes more sense that Jones wanted lots of time to himself.

Ariel Helwani of reports that Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, says a “best-case scenario” for Jones would be to defend his light heavyweight title against Teixera in March. However, if it comes to it Jones would also be open to fighting in February at UFC 170.

Jones is the most dominating fighter on the planet. What is remarkable is how quickly he earned that designation – from acquiring the title until his most recent fight with Gustafsson it has been only 20 months. With seven title fights in that span he’s averaged a fight nearly every three months. Jones has displayed remarkable durability to fight, dominate and recover in time to do it all again.

Bill Parcells once said the thing that separates the best from the greatest is durability. Jones has shown that durability. By taking nearly twice as long to prepare for his next title defence, it both speaks to the job Gustafsson did taking Jones to his limit and the threat that Texieira poses.


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