Glover Teixeira
Added to Miami card
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 6, 2019
Teixeira will fight Ion Cutelaba (undisclosed) at UFC Miami on April 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair had initially been scheduled to square off in Brooklyn in January, but Cutelaba was forced to withdraw with an undisclosed injury. Teixeira defeated Cutelaba's replacement, Karl Roberson, by first-round submission at that event and will fight again three months later.
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Survives and stops Karl Roberson
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Teixeira defeated Karl Roberson via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:21 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
Where in the world did that come from? Teixeira went for a takedown early and appeared to be done for after Roberson hit him with countless elbows to the side of the head during the attempt but he somehow managed to hold on. Glover connected on another takedown attempt just moments later and he eventually was able to clamp on the arm-triangle that ended the fight. The finish was beautiful and Teixeira deserves credit for gutting this one out, but the start of this fight is the real concern. Glover's chin appears to be evaporating at age 39. It didn't end up costing him on Saturday, but it almost certainly will moving forward. Glover has now alternated wins and losses in his last seven contests dating back to April 2016. That's not going to get the job done if you want to enter the title conversation.
Gets short-notice replacement
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 13, 2019
Teixeira will now take on Karl Roberson in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
Teixeira was originally scheduled for a matchup against Ion Cutelaba, but Cutelaba was forced to withdraw this weekend due to an undisclosed injury. In steps Roberson, who will be moving up a weight class to take this matchup on barely a week's notice. Roberson is officially 2-1 in the UFC, and will be giving up a massive experience edge to Teixeira, who is a long-time veteran of the sport. Teixeira will have slight height and reach advantages, but they won't be as pronounced as one would think against a fighter moving up in weight. In Roberson's only loss to Cezar Ferreira, he was taken down twice before eventually being submitted. Look for Teixeira -- who averages 2.16 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time -- to employ a similar strategy.
Looking for new opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 10, 2019
Teixeira (shoulder) is in need of a new opponent for UFC Brooklyn on Jan. 19 following Ion Cutelaba's (undisclosed) withdrawal, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what forced Cutelaba to withdraw at this point. While the UFC is apparently looking to keep Teixeira on the card, it could be difficult to find a replacement fighter with the bout just nine days away.
Paired against Ion Cutelaba
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 9, 2018
Teixeira (shoulder) will take on Ion Cutelaba at UFC on ESPN+ on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 39-year-old has stumbled recently, losing three of his last five fights. He withdrew from UFC Sao Paulo in September due to a shoulder injury. His opponent, Cutelaba is 14 years his junior and is coming off two straight first-round victories, knocking out Henrique da Silva 22 seconds into UFC Fight Night 110 in June, 2017 and beating Gadzhimurad Antigulov by TKO at UFC on Fox 30 in July.
Averts surgery for now
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 17, 2018
Teixeira will undergo six weeks of physical therapy on his injured shoulder in an attempt to avoid surgery, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This news comes on the heels of Teixeira withdrawing from UFC Sao Paulo, which was set to occur on Sept. 21. Avoiding surgery would likely result in less time out of the octagon, although there's no guarantee that the physical therapy will fully work, meaning surgery is still an option to be considered for Teixeira and his team.