Glover Teixeira will no longer be fighting for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event of UFC 282 on December 10, and he’s unhappy with the way things have played out on Wednesday.
Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka were scheduled to rematch for the 205lb title in Las Vegas after a thrilling bout in Singapore at UFC 275 in June, which Prochazka won via fifth-round submission, but the company was forced to change plans after after the champion withdrew. from his first title defense due to a serious shoulder injury.
Teixeira said in an interview with MMA Fighting that he heard the news “less than 30 minutes” before it was revealed that Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev, the original UFC 282 co-main event, would now be for the vacant title after Prochaska. decided to release. The Brazilian veteran explained why he was “upset” by the decision.
“I said [the UFC] I would fight Blachowicz on the 10th because I fought him before and it would be easier to adapt. [Ankalaev] “Lefty,” said Teixeira. “I told them that if I had to fight [Ankalaev]to do it in brazil [on Jan. 21]. And Blachowicz is still ahead of him, so I don’t get it. Ian and I are ahead of him, why they need it – man, whatever. We must stand our ground. It’s not like, “come here and fight whenever you want.”
The former UFC champion doesn’t know why the company insists he field him against Ankalaev rather than Blachowicz, but believes “that’s what they wanted to do and that’s what they got.” However, this will not change his attitude towards the company.
“I will not let this affect me from the inside,” Teixeira said. “I am a happy and grateful person. You know the saying, you do 1000 things for someone but become the worst person if you don’t do one thing? I won’t say that about the UFC, but they really screwed up that day. I spent with the camp and now I have been selected from the title fight. I agreed to fight both guys, the only thing I asked for was more time to fight Ankalaev. I’m a high level fighter and I don’t want to be the guy who goes there and gets kicked in the arm and falls down just for the money.
“I give my blood and life inside the octagon. You all have already watched my fights, I leave everything there. I want to return the Brazilian belt to myself, and I believe that I can do it. I beat Prohazka, that’s hero, the guy everyone was talking about knocked everyone out. I broke it until I made a mistake. I’ll get the belt back, but I have to get it right. I have to go there to win.
“I can’t go there for money because I don’t fight for money. I fight for honor, I fight to raise my name. I’m not even attached to wins and losses anymore. I’m fighting for a goal. If I was fighting for money, I wouldn’t even be fighting anymore, I would be a YouTuber or something.”
Asked if he was sure he would be the next winner of Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev in 2023, Teixeira replied: “I’m not sure of anything right now.” In fact, the Brazilian said “Damn it, I don’t care who wins” at UFC 282.
“That would be the logic,” he said, referring to them being next in line, “but they do what they want.”
“If I get paid to go to [UFC 282], I will go. But if I don’t get paid, of course I won’t go. What will I do there?”