- Glover Teixeira has been named as the back-up fighter for UFC 260.
- Teixeira is the light heavyweight division’s no. 1 ranked contender and has won five straight bouts.
- Israel Adesanya will challenge Jan Blachowicz for the 205-pound belt on March 6th.
Glover Teixeira might not have gotten the title shot that he has earned. But if something were to happen to either Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya between now and March 6th, then Teixeira will step in and fight for the 205-pound title.
Since last month, Teixeira had been campaigning to be named as the back-up fighter for the UFC 260 main event in case one of the protagonists is ruled out of fight for whatever reason. On Wednesday, he confirmed via text message to MMA fighting that he has indeed been named by the UFC as the title bout’s back-up fighter.
Glover Teixeira confirms he will weigh-in as the backup fighter for UFC 259 ? #UFC #MMA #UFC259https://t.co/wY8XdCV1R1
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) February 11, 2021
As back-up, Teixeira won’t have a fight scheduled for the March 6th event. While he won’t be paid his full purse, Teixeira will be reimbursed of his training expenses. But this isn’t about getting paid in full or compensated for expenses. It’s about getting another shot at the title.
Glover Asks for Title Shot
“Dana White, come on man, you gonna give this shot to Adesanya and make me wait? 5 fights in a row, beating these young guys is not easy. Give me that title shot!” – @gloverteixeira ?#UFCVegas13 pic.twitter.com/MmObJ0o9Ku
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) November 8, 2020
Teixeira is the 205-pound division’s no. 1 ranked contender. The 41-year old challenged for the light heavyweight title at UFC 172 in 2014 but lost a decision to Jon Jones. After going 5-4 in his next nine bouts, he has won five in a row, four via stoppage, and is coming off a 3rd round submission win over Thiago Santos at UFC ESPN+ 40 last November 7, 2020.
During his post fight interview with Jon Anik, the usually silent Teixeira asked UFC President Dana White to give him a title shot. White, in a separate interview, said that he agreed with the Brazilian and would take his request seriously. However, the UFC boss still ended up giving Adesanya the first crack at Jan Blachowicz, leaving Teixeira and many UFC fans disappointed.
Adesanya Jumps The Line
Israel Adesanya will move up to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title at UFC 259, @danawhite told @bokamotoESPN. pic.twitter.com/FVt5v8BV2o
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 31, 2020
Israel Adesanya’s rise in the UFC has been meteoric. The former King of the Ring kickboxing champion has gone undefeated in nine UFC middleweight fights, becoming undisputed middleweight champion at UFC 243 and successfully defending the belt twice. Now he’s moving up in weight and attempting to become the UFC’s next champ-champ.
Former KSW light heavyweight champion Blachowicz won the title that Jones vacated by defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 last September 2020. Polish Power has won eight out of his last nine bouts, losing only to Thiago Santos in 2019. Blachowicz has won his last four UFC bouts including three by knockout.
Next In Line
Post-UFC On ESPN+ 40 Rankings: Glover Teixeira Takes Over No. 1 Spothttps://t.co/JD2VfVz2GD#UFC #UFCVegas14 #GloverTeixeira
— ravensnewspost (@RavensNewsPost) November 11, 2020
While being the back-up fighter at UFC 259 isn’t what Teixeira expected to earn after beating Santos, it’s a consolation of sorts for the division’s top contender. Being the back-up fighter gives Texeira some kind of assurance that he will be first in line to fight the winner of Adesanya vs Blachowicz. Still, that’s not a guarantee.
There is always a chance that Adesanya and Blachowicz will fight in an immediate rematch, especially if they deliver a classic next month. Time is obviously not Glover Teixeira’s friend right now . He’s turning 42 this October and isn’t getting any younger. Let’s hope the UFC gives him his due before it’s too late.