Glover Teixeira may become the back-up of Israel Adesanya Vs. Jan Blachowicz fight and hopes to make his way up to the headliner of UFC 259.
While the entire MMA circuit might be thrilled to see the fight card of UFC 259 and cannot wait to witness the Pay-Per-View event, there’s a huge probability that no one is waiting for the event to arrive more than Glover Teixeira.
Glover Teixeira, who is currently the No.1 ranked Light-Heavyweight in UFC, is apparently the undisputed No.1 contender to receive the title shot. However, when he will receive the go-ahead against the respective division’s champion is a subject of uncertainty, as the current Light-Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz is booked to face Israel Adesanya on March 6, and there is a possibility that the title may change hands that night.
So, there is an array of possibilities that can churn out after UFC 259 and put Texeira on hold. However, there is a path that can curtail his waiting span but, much to the nondesire of enthusiasts it would go through an unfortunate event.
Teixeira is in contention to become the back-up of the fight between Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz, and he hopes a reported injury can put him in the ultimate card.
Glover Teixeira is rooting for an injury in order to get on the card of UFC 259
In an interview with MMA Fighting, when he was asked whether he is open to take reserve’s place for championship battle, he vehemently said, “Of course. He added, “I’ll be rooting for… [laughs] It sucks, I’ve never rooted for anyone to get hurt, but I’ll be rooting for an injury there [laughs].”
The 41-year-old understands the UFC’s vision to book a clash of champions bout to boost pay-per-view sales, however, points out that other contenders will pay for the ambition of the matchmakers.
“If Adesanya wins, what happens then?” Teixeira said. “Will Adesanya defend at 185 or 205? I don’t know. If that means sitting down and waiting until June, August, I don’t know, maybe I would wait, I don’t mind. But, honestly, we don’t know anything. Blachowicz winning would be better for me and everyone else. But if Adesanya wins, what is he going to do? He’s probably going back to 185.”
“Honestly, I’m not stressing about the belt,” he continued. “It’s superfights, they come up with belts when there are none in line, like the baddest motherf*cker [belt]. It’s about entertaining, and I’m not against that. They see the business side of it, Dana White sees where the money is coming. Honestly, it delays a bit for us but, hey, we have to follow the evolution of the sport, and that’s how the sport is evolving these days.
“When I started fighting, the sport was more about aggressive fighters, knockouts, Wanderlei Silva-style, Chuck Liddell. To kill or get killed. That’s what I’ve done in my fights. There’s no talk, it’s about going there to kill or get killed. I’ve been knocked out, I go for it no matter who I’m fighting, but that’s not what sells today. I’m stuck with the old school, that’s when I should be fighting. That’s my time. Wanderlei, PRIDE days, Chuck Liddell’s, Tito Ortiz’s…
“I don’t have that in me. [Paulo Costa] ‘Borrachinha’ does that really well. I think Brazilians should really do that because it draws attention. You can’t sit and complain. It’s not my thing, but also I’m 41 and I won’t change now. I’ll continue doing what I’ve always done. But if I were young… People talk crap about Borrachinha, but he’s right. He just got here, he’s in his prime, and he’s using that in his advantage. If I had his age and was just getting started in the UFC, I’d talk a lot as well.”
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