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5 reasons why Glover Teixeira should get the next UFC Light Heavyweight title shot

Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 12 Nov 2020, 21:01 IST
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#3 Booking Blachowicz vs. Adesanya would logjam two weight divisions

A fight between Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya would tie up two weight classes for potentially a year.
A fight between Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya would tie up two weight classes for potentially a year.

The other issue in booking an inter-divisional title fight like Blachowicz vs. Adesanya would be that both the Light Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions would become logjammed.

Essentially, not only would a contender like Teixeira – and at Middleweight, Robert Whittaker – likely have to fight again in the interim, but the same would go for any fighters looking to climb towards their own title shot.

Light Heavyweight, in particular, has a number of fighters – names like Aleksandar Rakic, Jiri Prochazka, and Magomed Ankalaev – who might only be a couple of fights away from a shot at the champion. Making a fight like Blachowicz vs. Adesanya would mean that any potential title shots would have to wait until a long time in the future.

And of course, that’s not taking into account the potential for a Blachowicz/Adesanya rematch – which would only drag things out further, likely into 2022.

Putting Teixeira into a title fight with Blachowicz, by comparison, would definitely not cause any issues like this. Middleweights looking to climb the ladder for a shot at Adesanya would still have a target to reach for, while the Light Heavyweight division could also continue to flow as usual.


#4 Teixeira always brings an exciting fight and would guarantee fireworks against Blachowicz

Teixeira is nearly always involved in wildly exciting fights.
Teixeira is nearly always involved in wildly exciting fights.
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While Israel Adesanya has become renowned for his flashy knockouts – his most recent against Paulo Costa instantly comes to mind – he’s also put on a handful of stinkers in his UFC tenure. Most notably, his UFC Middleweight title defense against Yoel Romero stands as one of the promotion’s all-time worst title fights.

The same cannot be said for Glover Teixeira. Teixeira has been in the UFC now for the best part of a decade, putting on 20 fights, and it’d be hard for any fan to track down a dull one. In fact, of those 20 fights, Teixeira has only seen the final buzzer on six occasions.

And incredibly, Teixeira has finished 12 of his 15 victims in the UFC, usually in violent fashion. Capable of putting an opponent away on the ground as well as on the feet, his extended MMA ledger shows 32 victories, 18 of them by knockout and nine by submission.

A fight between Teixeira and Blachowicz might be a bit of a hard sell to the casual fans, simply because neither man has a brash or outlandish personality. However, the fighting skills of the two men should sell themselves.

Essentially, if Teixeira and Blachowicz faced off in the Octagon, the likelihood of the fight going the distance would be somewhere between slim and none. It would likely produce one of the best UFC Light Heavyweight title fights in recent memory. And if that’s not reason enough to book the fight, then what is?


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#5 By making Blachowicz vs. Adesanya, the UFC risks killing its golden goose

Would Israel Adesanya
Would Israel Adesanya's drawing power be damaged by a loss to Jan Blachowicz?

Another point worth noting when it comes to a potential Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya superfight is the chance that the UFC would actually be harming one of its fastest rising stars. Adesanya isn’t quite on the level of a Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey just yet. Still, there’s no denying that The Last Stylebender is definitely expanding his fanbase every time he fights.

And there’s evidence to suggest that Adesanya is becoming a genuine pay-per-view draw, too. September saw him headline UFC 253 against Paulo Costa, and reports suggest that the show drew somewhere around 700k buys on pay-per-view.

Not only was that an improvement on the last pay-per-view headlined by Adesanya – UFC 248 – but it also drew more buys than any other UFC show in 2020 outside of UFC 246 (headlined by McGregor) and UFC 251, including the Khabib Nurmagomedov-headlined UFC 254.

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So, if Adesanya is becoming a genuine pay-per-view drawing card for the UFC, why would they want to risk his aura against a larger, more dangerous foe than he’s used to facing in the form of Blachowicz? Sure, the risk might pay off if Adesanya were to win, but if Blachowicz were to knock him out, then his star could easily wane.

Surely then, the smarter route would be to hand the shot at Blachowicz to Teixeira and allow Adesanya to continue to build his star at 185lbs? Sure, Teixeira vs. Blachowicz wouldn’t draw as well, but it’d definitely be a safer bet for the UFC in the bigger picture.

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Published 12 Nov 2020, 21:01 IST
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