Glover Teixeira ‘upset’ by UFC decision, not confident he will be next for Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev winner


Glover Teixeira will now not problem for the UFC gentle heavyweight belt in the primary occasion of UFC 282 on December tenth, and is sad with how issues turned out on Wednesday.

Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka have been scheduled for a rematch for the under-205-pound title in Las Vegas after an exhilarating showdown in Singapore at UFC 275 in June, which Prochazka received through fifth-round submission, however the firm was compelled to alter plans after the champion withdrew from his first title protection attributable to a severe shoulder harm.

Teixeira mentioned in an interview with MMA Preventing that he heard the information “lower than half-hour” earlier than it turned public that Jan Blachowicz x Magomed Ankalaev, the unique co-event of UFC 282, would now be for the vacant title after Prochazka opted out. The Brazilian veteran defined why he was “upset” by the choice.

“I mentioned [the UFC] I might struggle Blachowicz on the tenth as a result of I’ve fought him earlier than and it will be simpler to adapt, [Ankalaev] he’s left-handed”, mentioned Teixeira. “I advised them if I needed to struggle [Ankalaev]to do in Brazil [on Jan. 21]🇧🇷 And Blachowicz is ranked forward of him anyway, so I do not get it. Jan and I are ranked forward of him, why would they wish to – man, no matter. We’ve got to defend our place. It isn’t like, ‘come right here and struggle at any time when I would like’”.

The previous UFC champion would not know why the corporate insisted on reserving him in opposition to Ankalaev as a substitute of Blachowicz, however feels that “that is what they needed to do and that is what they obtained”. This, nonetheless, is not going to change the way in which he feels in regards to the firm.

“I am not going to let this have an effect on me from the within,” Teixeira mentioned. “I’m a cheerful and grateful man. that saying, you do 1,000 issues for somebody, however you develop into the worst man if you happen to do not do one factor? I will not say this in regards to the UFC, however they actually screwed up that day. I handed with a camp and now they took me out of the struggle for the belt. I agreed to struggle each guys, the one factor I requested was extra time to struggle Ankalaev. I am a high-level fighter and I do not wish to be the man who goes in there, will get kicked within the arm and goes down only for the cash.

“I give my blood and my life contained in the Octagon. You’ve got watched my fights earlier than, I am going to go away all of it there. I wish to carry the belt again to Brazil and to me, and I imagine I can. I used to be beating Prochazka, that hero, the man everybody mentioned was knocking everybody out. I used to be breaking it till I made a mistake. I will get the belt again, however I’ve to do issues proper. I’ve to go there to win.

“I am unable to go there for the cash as a result of I do not struggle for the cash. I struggle for honor, I struggle to boost my identify. I do not even get hooked up to wins and losses anymore. I struggle for a objective. If I used to be preventing for cash, I would not even struggle anymore, I might have develop into a YouTuber or one thing.”

Requested if he’s assured he would be the subsequent Blachowicz v Ankalaev winner in 2023, Teixeira mentioned: “I’m assured of nothing proper now.” In reality, the Brazilian mentioned “fuck it, I don’t care who wins” at UFC 282.

“That may be the logic,” he mentioned of being subsequent in line, “however they do what they need.”

“In the event that they pay me to go [UFC 282], I’ll. But when they do not pay me, after all I will not. What am I going to do there?”