Glover Teixeira made a strong statement with a third round win over Thiago Santos in the UFC Vegas 13 main event and then he backed it up while calling for a post-match championship kick.
Despite winning his fifth in a row, the 41-year-old Brazilian may be forced to wait for his chance to play current lightweight champion Jan Blachowicz as promotion plots will match him. Israel’s middleweight king Adesanya in the next match.
“Dana White, come on, I’m an old man here,” Teixeira said after her victory. “Are you going to shoot Adesanya and make me wait? Years of fighting, beating these young men to death. It is not easy. Give me that title ”.
Later, the UFC president admitted that not only did he hear what Teixeira said about the chance to compete for the gold medal, but that the seemingly aging heavyweight competitor gave a valid point to his argument.
“He̵7;s not wrong,” said White during the UFC Vegas post-match show 13. “It’s like ‘I deserve this shot,’ he’s been here forever, he’s on the rise. He looks great tonight.
“The funny thing is every time I count this guy and think I don’t know if he took it or not, he proves me wrong. He looks amazing tonight.
Just a week ago, White made the surprise announcement that Adesanya would gain as much as 205 pounds to face Blachowicz, who won the vacant title with a second round TKO against Dominick Reyes in September.
The timing of curiosity considering Teixeira’s main event against Santos is scheduled for Saturday night, which has already been on the list of potential number 1 contenders.
While there’s still a lot of buzz about Blachowicz vs Adesanya, White cannot deny Teixeira’s current form, which forces him to consider exactly who will take the UFC’s next light weight title.
“That’s what we need to find out,” White said. “But I have heard him and I agree with him and I am taking him seriously. I won’t suspect this guy anymore ”.