While it seems like the general consensus is that fans and MMA insiders want to see Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson II next, those who don’t are often citing Glover Teixeira as the reason why. The argument being, the punishing light-heavyweight was promised a title shot after he stopped Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28, and he’s pretty much cruised through his Octagon opposition to date (Bader’s bombs aside of course). Sure, some fans also want to see Daniel Cormier throw down with Jones, if he gets by Roy Nelson in October, but the champion continues to insist that’s not happening.
As MMA history tells us, title shots sometimes evaporate if another more lucrative bout pops up around the corner, and Jones-Gustafsson II would almost certainly be that. Teixeira recently spoke to USA Today (MMA Junkie.com) about the possibility that his title shot could be postponed, and the 22-2 fighter relayed the following:
“Even I want to watch that fight again,” Teixeira said “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.”
“There’s no way I’m just going to sit around,” Teixeira said. “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.”
While some might argue Teixeira shouldn’t risk his title shot, if Jones-Gustafsson II gets booked, taking a fight in the interim is probably wise. Sure, you never know what can happen in the Octagon, but the same applies for outside of it. Fighting again will keep Teixeira busy and in the spotlight. Oh, and if you’re wondering, Teixeira scored the UFC 165 headliner 4 rounds to 1 for Jones, but acknowledged it was “very close.”
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