Now that Jon Jones is fighting Alexander Gustafsson as expected, and many of the other top contenders are scheduled for fights, it remains to be seen what’s next for the UFC’s #3 ranked light-heavyweight Glover Teixeira. The 33 year-old Brazilian has been heralded by some as a possible threat to Jones’ reign as champ, and Teixeira’s recent performances certainly haven’t done anything to dismiss that position.
With Jones and Gustafsson set to fight on September 21st, Lyoto Machida scheduled to battle Phil Davis on August 3rd, and “Shogun” Rua fighting Chael Sonnen on August 17th, four of the top ten contenders are booked. Teixeira was supposed to fight the #10 ranked Ryan Bader at UFC 160, however, “Darth” had to pull out due to injury. Teixeira needed just over two minutes to tap out replacement James Te Huna with a guillotine choke. So, has Teixeira received any word as to who and when he may be fighting next? While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, the light-heavyweight relayed:
“I want to know what’s next for me, too. I think I might be fighting in September. They asked me if I’d be ready. We’ll probably hear soon who I’m going to fight, and I’m sure it will be great.”
“Listen, I’m ready to fight anyone right now. At this stage, I feel so confident. I’m healthy. I found how to run a perfect camp, how my body adjusts to everything. And if I’m not injured, I can fight anyone.”
Of course, Rashad Evans recently floated Teixeira’s name as a possible opponent, after he handed Dan Henderson a split decision loss at UFC 161. So the former champ and #4 ranked fighter could be a possibility. So could the #5 ranked Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who had to pull out of his UFC 161 tilt with Rua due to a back injury. Whoever it’s going to be, it sounds like we’ll find out soon enough.
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