As you likely recall, Teixeira and Jones battled last April, and the light-heavyweight champ walked away with the unanimous decision win. The bout marked the first time in 20 fights that Teixeira had lost.
Although Jones is a former foe, Teixeira doesn’t believe the polarizing star should be stripped of his light-heavyweight belt. While talking to MMA Fighting.com recently about Jones, Teixeira stated:
“To tell you the truth, I don’t agree with this idea of taking his title. Jon Jones is the champion,” Teixeira said. “I’m like those gladiators from the past. I don’t care if you’re on something. It’s kill or die. I don’t care if he was on something or not, he’s the champion.”
Since neither the UFC or Dana White have made any comments regarding the possibility of Jones being stripped of the belt, it doesn’t look like that’s coming. But what about a suspension?
“If you suspend him for a year, he will come back and probably win the title again. He’s that that good,” Teixeira said. “Did you see what he did to Cormier? He will still be the champion. In my opinion, taking his title away or not makes no difference. He will come back and stay champion.”
That’s some high and understandable praise for the fighting skills of Jones. If Jones is disciplined, it sounds like it would have to stem from the UFC, since cocaine is not a banned, out of competition substance with the Nevada Commission. That said, the commission could bring up Jones’ test results the next time he applies for a license in the state.
UFC 182 went down in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jones outscored Daniel Cormier for the UD win.
As far as Teixeira’s career, recently it was reported that the light-heavyweight has suffered a knee injury, and will no longer fight Rashad Evans on February 22nd.