Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira have each fought once for a UFC title and came up short. Now, the light heavyweight veterans know their path to another opportunity for the belt lies in getting past the other. The accomplished ranked fighters meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira, with the winner in prime position to take on champion Jan Blachowicz. The top-ranked Santos hasn’t fought since losing a split decision to former champion Jon Jones last year, while the third-ranked Teixeira lost to Jones in April 2014.
It was expected that going into this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event at the UFC Apex between No. 1-ranked Thiago Santos and No. 3-ranked Glover Teixeira, the winner would net a crack at new light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
Originally, Santos and Teixeira had been set to battle in September. But a week before the fight, Teixeira tested positive for the coronavirus and the bout was pulled and rescheduled for Oct. 4. The bout was postponed again when Santos tested positive.
Teixeira is coming off a stoppage against former title-challenger Anthony Smith and seeking his fifth consecutive win. Santos is a -240 favorite (risk $240 to win $100), while Teixeira is a +200 underdog in the latest Santos vs. Teixeira odds from William Hill Sportsbook. In the co-main event, rising prospect Tanner Boser (-265) takes on veteran Andre Arlovski (+225) in a matchup of heavyweight contenders. Before locking in your UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira picks, make sure you check out the latest UFC predictions from SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley.
However, UFC president Dana White flipped the script, saying this past Saturday that middleweight titlist Israel Adesanya would be moving up to challenge Blachowicz. Santos and Teixeira look to change White’s mind and put on a memorable performance.
UFC president Dana White recently ended any speculation as to who will challenge light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz next, as he announced this past Saturday that middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya will move up in weight. The timing of the announcement was, potentially, a little demoralizing for Santos and Teixeira, who are both eyeing a title shot in the near future.
UFC continúa su racha de eventos en Las Vegas con una emocionante pelea de peso semicompleto con implicaciones de título, ya que el contendiente No. 1 de la división Thiago Santos se enfrenta al No. 3 Glover Teixeira. Además, el ex campeón de peso completo de UFC, Andrei Arlovski, busca detener el impulso del creciente Tanner Boser. Santos (21-7, peleando desde Río de Janeiro, Brasil) apunta a continuar construyendo su reputación como el striker más agresivo en la división de peso semicompleto y consolidarse como el próximo retador por el cinturón. Después de subir a las 205 libras en 2018, Santos subió rápidamente en la clasificación con devastadoras victorias por nocaut sobre Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa y el recién coronado campeón Jan Blachowicz.