It’s been a crazy couple weeks for Glover Teixeira and his growing fanbase, as after the light-heavyweight came from behind to take out Ryan Bader on September 4th, he was tapped for a title shot. Then there was speculation that Daniel Cormier could jump to the head of the title shot line, if he beats Roy Nelson at UFC 166, and Jon Jones quickly shot down that possibility. Now, despite the fact UFC 165 is over with and Jones is still champ, there’s considerable talk of a rematch with “The Mauler.” Teixeira may not be the next man to challenge for the belt after all.
While speaking to USA Today Sports (MMA Junkie.com) recently, Teixeira had this to say about having his title shot punted down the line, if Jones-Gustafsson II gets booked.
“Even I want to watch that fight again,” Teixeira said about “Bones-The Mauler” II. “But it’s hard to say I’m OK with it, because I worked so hard to get this opportunity. I felt like I had my hands right there on the chance, and now they’re going to take it away from me, and who knows for how long? It could be a year from now. It’s really upsetting to me.”
“There’s no way I’m just going to sit around,” Teixeira said. “I’m healthy. I’m good. I had a few minor injuries before the fight with Bader, but nothing major, and we’re getting it taken care of. I could be ready to fight in three or four months, and I don’t want to wait. If they’re going to do this rematch, then I want to get in there and fight someone else.”
It’s definitely a tough break for Teixeira, but if the rematch does happen, it’s good news to hear he wants to fight in the interim. After all, that means fans will get to see and additional all-star bout in the coming months. Here’s hoping we find out soon soon what the UFC has planned for everyone involved.
And how did Teixeira score the bout? He scored the first round for Gustafsson and the rest for the champion, even though it was “very close.” Interesting.
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