Dana White: We’ll Give Glover Teixeira Another Fight

After last night’s title fight for the ages between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 265, talk immediately began to swirl about an inevitable rematch between the two badly damaged competitors. While initial rumors began to center around the February Super Bowl Weekend card, Dana White appeared in a FOX Sports interview to voice his support for the rematch:

“It’s one of those things where you don’t lose anything. There’s a real good possibility we do this again. We give Glover (Teixeira) another fight. I like the idea. I think this is one of those fights that people will wanna see again. I said ‘Kid, you lose nothing in this fight.’”

The main event from the Air Canada Centre last night left the MMA world abuzz from both Jones’ and Gustafsson’s ability to absorb punishment and keep fighting. It was one of the most amazing slugfests we’ve ever witnessed in the Octagon, and White spoke up about the surprise he felt when Gustafsson matched Jones’ wrestling step for step:

“Not only did I not expect it to go five rounds, I never thought that Gustafsson would be able to stop Jon Jones’ takedown. I thought that was gonna be is weakness in this thing. I thought he would probably outstrike Jones, then Jones would take him down and try to ground and pound him. It was actually the actual opposite, Gustafsson took him down.”

It sounds like Teixeira’s title shot may take a back seat to a blossoming rivalry that could become one of the best MMA has seen. Speculation and hype may begin to rival UFC 168’s year-ending rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva.

However, it’s a different kind of rivalry altogether, as Jones vs. Gustafsson went down to the wire in one of the most exciting fights ever. Weidman vs. Silva was well, just kind of….strange. Where do you rank last night’s battle among your favorite all-time bouts?

 



17 Comments

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    D

    September 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

    If Glover gets another shot…it doesn't make sense to feed him yet another guy outside the top 10. And based on his performance against Bader, there's a pretty good chance he will lose against a top 10 guy. He better hope they don't give him Rashad Evans.

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    PukeVomit

    September 23, 2013 at 2:45 am

    and rashad is fighting sonnen.

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    Kackvogel

    September 23, 2013 at 2:46 am

    mousasi vs glover would be great!!! after gus wasnt able to fight him in sweden he deserves another big fight!!!

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    Camelux3000

    September 23, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Mousasi should go to 185

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    TheRealDeal

    September 23, 2013 at 8:13 am

    The instant rematches need to end, now. The UFC is getting too hung up on this. Once you have fighters fight for the belt twice in consecutive fights it takes nearly a year from the time the first fight was announced, and fighter's careers are too short for all of this waiting around for their shot at the belt. Dumb move, but like everything else, all about money and nothing else.

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    André Amorim

    September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Teixeira vs Davis obvious!!

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    azzkika

    September 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Great news. I do take exception to the word slugfest Mike, when you describe this title fight just gone. It was anything but a slugfest. It was a world class demonstration by both fighters of different styles of striking no doubt helped by Gustaffson's brilliant take down defense making it the stand up fight that it was.

    A slugfest is more apt describing a Tank Abbot fight than Jones Gustaffson.

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    cranestyle

    September 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I am not a fan of the immediate rematch. To me, it only makes sense if there is clear injustice in the fight, not just because the fight was close. It wasn't even a split decision.

    Bones and the Mauler are still young, gifted and in the same weight class, so you there's no need to manufacture a rivalry. They will probably ending up fighting each other at least 2 to 3 times no matter what.

    Give Glover his shot. Maybe it will be an even better fight.

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