Dana White casts doubt over Israel Adesanya’s plans to fight for the light heavyweight title after UFC veteran Glover Teixeira calls for title shot following win over Thiago Santos
- Dana White has cast doubt over Israel Adesanya’s plans at light heavyweight
- The fan-favourite is looking to move up in weight and challenge for the title
- However, Glover Teixeira’s win over Thiago Santos has shaken things up
- White says the Brazilian is deserving of a shot and he has a decision to make
Dana White has cast doubt over Israel Adensaya’s plans to fight for the light heavyweight title after Glover Teixeira threw his hat in the ring following a dominant win over Thiago Santos.
Last week, reports emerged that the wheels were set in motion for the New Zealand-Nigerian to move up to the 205-pound ranks to take on reigning champion Jan Blachowicz.
Adesanya, who is currently the middleweight champion, is looking to move up in weight in a bid to entice arch rival Jon Jones, the former light heavyweight king, into a mega-fight.
Dana White has cast doubt over Israel Adesanya’s plans to fight for the light heavyweight title
The fan-favourite is looking to move up in weight to challenge Jan Blachowicz’s title
However, expectations that Adesanya will be first in line to take a shot at Blachowicz’s title may be premature, as Brazilian veteran Teixiera emphatically demonstrated his place as one of the top contenders.
The 41-year-old survived an early scare, in which Santos attempted to submit the Brazilian, before going onto dominate and secure the fourth round technical knockout. The win over Santos, who ran Jones close in 2019, is a major scalp.
Teixeira is entering a purple patch and enjoying the best form of his career. In his post-fight interview, the light heavyweight pleaded for a shot at Blachowicz’s title, and White has conceded that it is hard to deny the veteran.
However, UFC veteran Glover Teixeira has emerged as a contender to challenge the Pole
The 41-year-old dominated former challenger Thiago Santos in a huge win in Las Vegas
‘I was sitting listening to him give his interview, he’s not wrong,’ White told ESPN. ‘It’s like, ‘I deserve the shot, I’ve been here forever.’
‘He’s on a streak, he looked great tonight. What’s funny is, every time I count this guy and think that I don’t know if you got it in you, he proves me wrong. He looked incredible tonight.’
Blachowicz, meanwhile, congratulated Teixeira following his win in Las Vegas, and said the contender is deserving of a title fight. The Pole will not fight until March, due to his partner being pregnant, and said he will fight Teixeira if Adesanya does not want to wait.
White said it is hard to deny the Brazilian a shot at the title following his dominant win
‘Great fight and incredible run by @gloverteixeira. You totally deserve to fight for the title and get taste of the #LegendaryPolishPower. If Adesanya can’t wait till March, let’s go #UFCVegas13,’ he tweeted.
Plans for the light heavyweight division have not been decided yet, and the UFC supremo said he has some serious considerations to make following Teixeira’s win.
‘That’s something we need to figure out,’ White added. ‘But I heard him and I agree with him and I’m taking him serious. So, yeah. I’m not going to doubt this guy any more.’
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