Glover Teixeira has said he’s coming for Daniel Cormier and the light-heavyweight belt, and while the champ has dismissed his callouts, the contender isn’t interested in “DC’s” opinion…
After Teixeira submitted Ovince Saint Preux in August, he warned the new champ that he’s gunning for the title. Cormier, however, shrugged the comments off, and pointed to Rashad Evans as a more likely challenger.
“Does Cormier have an organization now? Did he buy the UFC? If not, he’s just like me and he can’t say shit, he doesn’t call the shots in there. The UFC does, [and] when they tell me to fight him, I will. He shouldn’t say anything, he has to fight and defend his belt. He’s a good athlete, but who is he to say anything? I think it’s just the way he is. Maybe he’s joking because he lost to Jon Jones then beat another guy and now he’s playing with the division? Maybe if he defended his belt five or six times in a row, but he hasn’t done not even once. We will see how he does, he has a hard task ahead of him.”
Yes. Clearly Cormier’s comments hit a pretty big nerve. Now, since Teixeira is not far removed from losses to Jones and Phil Davis, the winner of Evans-Ryan Bader could lock up a title shot. The two will fight at UFC 192 on October 3rd, which is the same night Cormier will take on Alexander Gustafssson.
One thing’s for certain, the light-heavyweight title shot picture is pretty interesting right now. Teixeira, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Patrick Cummins at UFC FN 77 on November 7th. That could be a tough fight for the heavy handed Brazilian, but if Teixeira can score a big win, he could jump right back into the title shot mix.