- Jan Blachowicz wants to fight Glover Teixeira next.
- Teixeira is the 205-pound division’s number 1 ranked contender.
- The Brazilian has won five in a row and is coming off a win over Thiago Santos.
After dealing Israel Adesanya his first career defeat at UFC 259, Jan Blachowicz wants the light heavyweight division’s top contender next, but with a catch: if he can wait.
Fresh off a unanimous decision win as a +195 betting underdog at the BetOnline App, Jan Blachowicz told reporters after the event, the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion made known his immediate future plans.:
Jan: “I’m going to take a short break, minimum half a year… If (Glover) wants to wait a little bit longer, he’s going to be my next opponent.”
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) March 7, 2021
That’s both good news and bad news for Glover Teixeira who has been begging to get a title shot. It’s good because the champion wants to fight him next but it’s somewhat bad because 41-year old Glover will have to wait for at least six months to get his opportunity.
Teixeira is No. 1 Contender
Latest #UFC rankings update: Glover Teixeira takes over No. 1 spot, Yan Xiaonan climbs to No. 3 https://t.co/Zed0qdEobt pic.twitter.com/KdE0TP7ZpG
— MMA mania (@mmamania) November 10, 2020
Glover Teixeira became the UFC 205-pound division’s number 1 ranked contender again last November after submitting former title challenger Thiago Santos at UFC Vegas 13. But despite pleading to UFC president Dana White to award him the next title shot, the UFC gave current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya the first crack at Jan Blachowicz.
Teixeira was disappointed but just so that he got close to the belt, he agreed to become the back-up fighter for UFC 259, in case one of either Blachowicz or Adesanya didn’t make it to fight night. Unfortunately for Glover and fortunately for the UFC, both men made it to the event and Blachowicz ended up handing Adesanya his first career defeat.
Then during the post-event press conference, Blachowicz acknowledged Teixeira as the division’s no. 1 contender and wants to fight him next. However, the champ wants to take at least a six month rest before returning to the octagon, making Glover wait a little much longer. But given how far Teixeira has gone to be where he is right now, six months will be just a longer training camp.
Five Straight Wins
#UFCVegas13 results: Glover Teixeira submits Thiago Santos for fifth straight win (via @davedoylemma) https://t.co/5nSMSmdViD
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) November 8, 2020
Teixeira’s win over Thiago Santos last November was his fifth straight victory since putting up a dismal 5-4 record after his loss to Jon Jones at UFC 172 in 2014. That defeat marked the only time in his nine year UFC career where he challenged for the heavyweight title.
The Brazilian has worked his way back to the top with five consecutive wins, including four via stoppage. Teixeira submitted Karl Roberson and Ion Cutelaba before edging out Nikita Krylov to end 2019. He then knocked out Anthony Smith last May and then took out Santos in November to become the no. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender in the UFC.
Teixeira has been fighting since 2002. He has appeared in promotions like the WEC, Impact FC, and Shooto Brazil. He has fought the who’s who of the division and has picked up wins over big name fighters but the one thing that has eluded his career is winning the UFC light heavyweight title.