Glover Teixeira will no longer compete for the UFC light heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 282 on Dec. 10, and he’s unhappy with how things unfolded on Wednesday.
Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka were set to rematch for the 205-pound title in Las Vegas after a thrilling showdown in Singapore at UFC 275 in June, which Prochazka won via fifth-round submission, but the company was forced to change plans after the champion withdrew from his first title defense due to a serious shoulder injury.
Teixeira said in an interview with MMA Fighting he heard about the news “less than 30 minutes” before it went public that Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev, the original co-main event of UFC 282, would now be for the vacant title after Prochazka opted to vacate. The Brazilian veteran explained why he was “upset” with the decision.
“I told [the UFC] I would fight Blachowicz on the 10th because I’ve fought him before and it would be easier to adapt, [Ankalaev] is a southpaw,” Teixeira said. “I told them if I had to fight [Ankalaev], to make it in Brazil [on Jan. 21]. And Blachowicz is ranked ahead of him anyways, so I don’t get it. Jan and I are ranked ahead of him, why did they want to — man, whatever. We have to stand our ground. It’s not like that, ‘come here and fight whenever I want.’”