Thinking of Santos already knocked out Blachowicz in their preceding meeting, which built his circumstance that substantially stronger. Teixeira, in the meantime, has rattled off 4 straight wins, and a fifth in a row would seemingly set him next in line for title contention.
It is easy to understand why both equally fighters would be stunned this earlier weekend when UFC President Dana White introduced the information that middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is predicted to transfer up to 205 kilos for his up coming battle to challenge Blachowicz for the title. That combat all but removed the higher stakes for the UFC Vegas 13 primary celebration but Santos and Teixeira are not all set to give up hope just nevertheless.
“We’ll see what is heading to occur following that fight,” Santos stated throughout the UFC Vegas 13 media day on Thursday. “First, I will need to acquire [against] Glover Teixeira. I have to have to do my very best. I’ll be the No. 1 contender. We are likely to see what’s going to come about immediately after my struggle. I believe who wins the fight should have to go to the title shot.
“We will see. I know Dana White spoke about Adesanya but no one is familiar with. [Adesanya] really don’t have deal, no 1 is aware what’s heading to occur. I need to have to do my most effective this Saturday. I need to have to gain my battle and then right after that we will see.”
Santos is returning to motion for the very first time following he lost a close, split determination to former winner Jon Jones, which then led to knee surgery that saved him sidelined for above a calendar year.
With Blachowicz now put in as winner, the Brazilian contender was self-confident that a gain from Teixeira would put him suitable again in line to contend for UFC gold but the Adesanya news threw an unpredicted impediment in his route.
“Honestly, when I saw the initial time, I felt a very little bit annoyed,” Santos reported about Blachowicz vs. Adesanya. “But after I spoke with my manager, we will need to recognize how issues do the job. I need to do my ideal. I require to get [against] Glover Teixeira and then immediately after that combat we will see what’s going to take place.
“People discuss about Adesanya but even now they don’t have contract. Every little thing can transform. My concentration is do my most effective this Saturday, make a terrific victory and then after that we will see.”
For his part, Teixeira can’t put far too substantially strength into considering about Adesanya when he nevertheless has to get by means of Santos in advance of even possessing the discussion about a title shot.
That stated, the 41-yr-aged veteran has viewed promised title fights slide by the wayside just before so there is no ensure Adesanya will in the end get the shot against Blachowicz.
“I’m targeted on points that I can control,” Teixeira stated. “Focused on the present moment ideal now. This struggle is like three times absent so not definitely caring what’s likely on around there. Not that I really do not truly treatment. Seriously, it’s out of my regulate. As a lover, I’m likely to watch the struggle, Adesanya and Blachowicz, but it’s not a thing in my handle.
“Everything’s probable. We’ve bought to concentration on the battle and with the title struggle, we’ll see what comes about. With a wonderful performance, I could be ideal there in the title challenge.”
According to Teixeira, the serious variation involving a title fight and sitting on the sidelines ready for another prospect could be the type of general performance he puts on towards Santos.
If he’s equipped to dispatch Santos like he did Anthony Smith earlier this calendar year, Teixeira believes that could alter the UFC’s programs, and he won’t be afraid to voice that belief to the powers that be.
“We’ll see immediately after this combat – we go in excess of there and make some sound,” Teixeira mentioned. “I never ever definitely discuss too a great deal sh*t but if I have to do a tiny little bit to endorse this struggle and choose Adesanya out of there to get the title battle, that’s what I’m heading to do. Get him back in the 185 division.”