UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira was expected to take on the winner of the UFC 165 main event between champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, but an epic battle in Toronto may have forced him to have his title shot put on hold.
After the entertaining back and forth fight, fans and media alike were calling for an immediate rematch.
Like the rest of mixed martial arts fans that tuned in for the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight, Teixeira thoroughly enjoyed the bout. However, he is still holding out hope that he will get the next shot.
“Even I want to watch that fight again,” said Teixeira, via USA Today. “But it’s hard to say I’m OK with it, because I worked so hard to get this opportunity. I felt like I had my hands right there on the chance, and now they’re going to take it away from me, and who knows for how long? It could be a year from now. It’s really upsetting to me.”
If Teixeira is unfortunately asked to wait for his shot again, he has no plans to sit on the sidelines.
Teixeira stated that he would like to get back in action rather than sit on the sidelines, but he is still holding out hope that he will get the call from UFC president Dana White.
“There’s no way I’m just going to sit around. I’m healthy. I’m good. I had a few minor injuries before the fight with Bader, but nothing major, and we’re getting it taken care of. I could be ready to fight in three or four months, and I don’t want to wait. If they’re going to do this rematch, then I want to get in there and fight someone else.”
“I want that title shot. That’s all I want. I’ll sit back and wait and cross my fingers.”
One possibility for Teixeira would be to accept a fight at UFC 168 if Jones vs. Gustafsson II is a go. We will have to wait and see how it all plays out.