It is never entirely true when we say that a fighter cannot do more to earn the title, but in the case of Glover Teixeira there is. literally He couldn’t do anything else to win a title after beating Thiago Santos at UFC Vegas 13 on Saturday.
It is true that Teixeira had a chance in the past. He was the number 7 challenger for Jon Jones’s light weight title in April 2015 and although he did his best in 5 innings, he lost to a champion. Not many people called for a rematch.
Teixeira was then 34 years old and he lost 20 consecutive wins in nine years just to win the UFC title for the first time. Taking the distance with Jones was impressive enough and no one could blame him for being satisfied with scoring a major championship on his belt.
But Teixeira refused to sink into the darkness.
He won 5-4 in the next nine matches behind Jones, losing to top talents like Phil Davis, Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson and Corey Anderson, but is interested in doing business against the ranked ones. below him to maintain his place in the rival line. He then won the five games he̵7;s currently riding to remove the gatekeeper tag he seemed destined to wear.
Teixeira didn’t just win. He ended the match. He does it more than any other light weight in history as he currently holds the record for most finishes (12) and most (6) in the category. He’s exactly what the UFC claims to be looking for in his boxers, even if he (thankfully) lacks the desired filthy talking skills.
So what stops Teixeira from becoming a second UFC champion? Why is our old friend Mr. Superfight.
To Dana White’s credit, he praised Teixeira’s performance at the show after Saturday’s game and admitted that Teixeira had a fair claim for the next title at 205 pounds; Regardless of White’s trust, just a week ago, he told the media the plan right now is to play lightweight champion Jan Blachowicz against Israeli mid-tier champion Adesanya.
As my venerable colleague Damon Martin put it so eloquently, it wouldn’t make more sense to wait for the outcome of Saturday’s main event and then find out whether to move on. negotiation Blachowicz-Adesanya or not? If only to maintain the plot of the main event UFC Vegas 13? And to properly promote a potential winner? The broadcast team did their best to focus on the Teixeira and Santos’s deserves as the candidate, but the cat was gone.
Like Blachowicz vs. Blachowicz. Adesanya sounds great, there are many reasons not to want to watch that match right now. Adesanya should stick to his original plan of stacking a few more mid-range defenses, especially with his squad in a good position right now. Plus, the only reason he wanted to get promoted initially was to fight Jon Jones, the light weight king who was supposed to move into heavyweight eventually.
If you believe Blachowicz’s belt is being used to prop up a fight between Adesanya-Jones, then you’re right, and it’s the invisible way to treat Blachowicz and the title of light weight. Not to mention that you’re messing with a lot of moving parts out there when you have the option of keeping things simple and giving fans a high-level main event right now instead of chasing a hostile match. Hatred can never happen.
Perhaps most importantly, the battle between Adesanya-Jones has neither a deadline nor a title. Sure a nice incentive, but that feud has its own appeal for a variety of reasons, from the justifiable feud that exists between the two to the fact that Adesanya has the skill to be able to create indentation in the claim of Jones GOAT state.
And that’s the right thing to do for Teixeira, dammit! No, Blachowicz vs. Teixeira does not have the characteristics of championship versus match. But if the rankings never make sense (don’t laugh, please) then Teixeira insists his statement insist on Saturday be rewarded.
If that Blachowicz-Adesanya war isn’t almost over, why not put Teixeira in there in January or February. After that, Adesanya could wait for Whittaker a little longer, who said he should be ready in March. Admittedly Adesanya has to wait six months between games when it seems he is ready to kick sooner rather than later which is the worst part of this particular proposition, but you can’t please everyone.
One should be made happy – or more precisely, happyDay 1 with her enduring cheerful personality – is Teixeira. He won’t lobby for it, he won’t lobby, and he certainly won’t start throwing mud in Blachowicz’s direction to get his attention. Not that he needed to because Blachowicz said he was disappointed by that. It just meant too much for this fight not to happen.
Given the UFC’s long streak, that last sentence will probably be even more hilarious as Adesanya fights Blachowicz, the winner of that match trying to stop Jon Jones from winning his fourth UFC title after he canceled again. abandoned plans to move to heavyweight, and Teixeira nonetheless had to fight for six months against a junior like Dominick Reyes, Jiri Prochazka, or Aleksandar Rakic. Is that interesting to you?
The UFC could avert this grim future, while also sprinkling a bit of sunshine on one of the toughest, toughest, and downright sane candidates. So do the right thing, and give Teixeira his title. Because honestly, there is nothing you can do with him.