Former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira is upset that he won’t have the opportunity to reclaim his 205-pound belt at UFC 282 next month.
Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole broke the news on Wednesday that Jiri Prochazka suffered a shoulder injury and was subsequently removed from the December 10 title fight against Teixeira. In addition, Iole reported that Prochazka’s belt had been vacated and that Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev would fight for the belt, making Teixeira the odd man.
Teixeira spoke to SUPER LUTAS after the news broke and the Brazilian said in Portuguese that the UFC had offered him a title fight with Ankalaev. But because he didn’t base his camp on Ankalaev’s abilities, Teixeira wanted to postpone the competition until January during Brazil’s UFC 283.
However, the promotion was not interested. There are no more championship games scheduled for UFC 282, which was probably the last reason the UFC didn’t want to move the game to Brazil.
Teixeira also said he had an interest in retaliating against Blachowicz – whom he fought and beat to win the belt at UFC 267 in October 2021 – at UFC 282 instead, but that proposal was also rejected. Then it was on to Blachowicz versus Ankalaev.
“I just heard about it, maybe an hour ago,” Glover told the outlet (translated from Bloody Elbow). “They offered me Ankalaev because Jiri was injured. Since he has a completely different style and we have been doing a training camp for Jiri for months, I asked for more time. I asked her to fight in Brazil. I told them I was going to fight Ankalaev in Brazil just so I had a few more weeks to do a camp specifically for this guy.
“I am 43 years old. I rely on my strategies to have a perfect fight and I really want to bring that belt back to Brazil. I think I deserve it. They told me the fight had to be in Vegas so I told them I was going to fight Jan in Vegas because I had trained for his style before. They said: “You have already beaten Blachowicz and he is 39 years old”. I thought, “Are you kidding me? I’m 43.’”
So the 43-year-old legend will sit on the sidelines until UFC 282’s main event is played and the division crowns a new champion. However, that doesn’t mean Teixeira doesn’t feel “a little disrespectful” about how the whole situation has unfolded.
“I’ll wait,” Teixeira continued. “I’m probably the number one contender. I will fight against the winner of this fight. The UFC didn’t tell me anything, but it’s obvious, right? Me, Jiri and Jan, those are the three that were at the top of the title mix. Ankalaev is here now, he would fight Jan in a title eliminator and the winner would take on the winner of mine vs Jiri. Now I’m back in line.”
“I felt a little disrespected,” Teixeira continued. “After everything I’ve done for this company. I’m a bit sad about this whole situation. Why didn’t they let me fight Jan? It’s two old hands fighting again but it would sell more than that Ankalaev fight. We are two heavyweights. It would sell more for sure, no disrespect to Ankalaev. He’s just not that well known here in America. Maybe he’s in Russia, I don’t know. To be honest, I don’t understand these things they do.”