Jon Jones plans next defense April 26

A light heavyweight title fight in Baltimore between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira has been booked for UFC 172 on April 26.

UFC officials on Friday confirmed a report by the Baltimore Sun that Jones’ seventh title defense will come at Baltimore Arena.

The fight was previously linked to multiple dates and venues, including Newark, Las Vegas and Dallas. Rumors of the Baltimore location surfaced last month.

Ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by ESPN.com, Jones (19-1) set a UFC light heavyweight record for consecutive title defenses with a unanimous decision win over Alexander Gustafsson in September.

The fight was closely contested, and the UFC expressed interest in an immediate rematch.

Jones eventually requested to move on to Teixeira (22-2), who is on a 20-fight win streak that includes a 5-0 mark in the UFC. The Brazilian has finished four of the five opponents he’s faced since signing with the UFC in 2012.

Gustafsson will face Jimi Manuwa in March.

By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

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