Glover Teixeira made his case for a shot at the UFC mild heavyweight in an psychological article-combat interview soon after stopping Thiago Santos in the principal function of UFC Vegas 13 in November, but that wasn’t enough to persuade the company to e-book him in opposition to Jan Blachowicz.
With the Polish winner now slated to defend his crown from middleweight king Israel Adesanya on March 6, a conclusion that “didn’t surprise” Teixeira despite his optimism right after placing on this sort of “exciting performance” towards Santos, the Brazilian is considering providing himself as an alternate for possibly winner at UFC 259.
“Of study course,” Teixeira informed MMA Fighting when asked if he would concur to be a backup fighter in March. “I’ll be rooting for… [laughs] It sucks, I have never rooted for anybody to get harm, but I’ll be rooting for an personal injury there [laughs].”
MMA promotions have been affected by accidents and other hiccups through background, cancelling large fights on just days’ see, and the COVID-19 pandemic has included one more aspect of worry.
With that in intellect, Teixeira sees a authentic probability he could be made use of at UFC 259 even if Blachowicz is the a single withdrawing from the card due to the fact “both would be a great fight, I’d be battling a winner either way.”
“I just acquired back from holiday, so I’ll talk to [my manager] ‘Joinha’ [Jorge Guimaraes] and see what we’ll do, but [being a backup fighter] is a possibility,” Teixeira mentioned. “I would have to do a comprehensive camp so, even if I have to wait around, at minimum I did a camp, I will not eliminate rhythm. Like you mentioned, COVID is difficult, you genuinely have to pull out if you catch it.”
The 41-calendar year-outdated veteran understands the UFC’s decision to guide a clash of champions to strengthen shell out-per-check out sales, and that determination arrives with the value of placing the line of contenders on hold in equally weight lessons. Teixeira, who after challenged for the UFC throne, gained his very last 5 versus “Marreta” Santos, Anthony Smith, Nikita Krylov, Ion Cutelaba and Karl Roberson.
“If Adesanya wins, what occurs then?” Teixeira mentioned. “Will Adesanya protect at 185 or 205? I do not know. If that means sitting down down and waiting around till June, August, I never know, it’s possible I would hold out, I don’t head. But, truthfully, we really do not know anything at all. Blachowicz successful would be far better for me and all people else. But if Adesanya wins, what is he going to do? He’s in all probability heading back again to 185.”
“Honestly, I’m not stressing about the belt,” he continued. “It’s superfights, they arrive up with belts when there are none in line, like the baddest motherf*cker [belt]. It is about entertaining, and I’m not in opposition to that. They see the business facet of it, Dana White sees in which the dollars is coming. Actually, it delays a bit for us but, hey, we have to adhere to the evolution of the sport, and that is how the activity is evolving these days.
“When I started out fighting, the sport was additional about intense fighters, knockouts, Wanderlei Silva-model, Chuck Liddell. To eliminate or get killed. That is what I’ve performed in my fights. There is no communicate, it’s about going there to kill or get killed. I have been knocked out, I go for it no matter who I’m combating, but that’s not what sells nowadays. I’m stuck with the previous faculty, that’s when I need to be battling. That’s my time. Wanderlei, Pleasure days, Chuck Liddell’s, Tito Ortiz’s…
“I don’t have that in me. [Paulo Costa] ‘Borrachinha’ does that actually well. I feel Brazilians must truly do that mainly because it draws consideration. You can not sit and complain. It is not my issue, but also I’m 41 and I will not transform now. I’ll carry on doing what I’ve always carried out. But if I have been young… Persons discuss crap about Borrachinha, but he’s suitable. He just bought here, he’s in his key, and he’s working with that in his gain. If I had his age and was just acquiring commenced in the UFC, I’d talk a ton as properly.”