Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz has been booked for UFC 259 on March 6th. Izzy moves up in weight to challenge light heavyweight title-holder.
Glover Teixeira may have been overlooked for the next title shot, but is more than willing to be the backup fighter for the fight in case one of the fighters has to back out.
Title Contender Open To Serving As Backup For Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz
“Of course,” Teixeira replied when asked by MMA Fighting reporter, Guilherme Cruz if he would entertain the possibility of competing as a backup. “I’ll be rooting for… [laughs] it sucks. I’ve never rooted for anyone to get hurt, but I’ll be rooting for an injury there [laughs]. I just got back from vacation, so I’ll talk to ‘Joinha’ (manager) (Jorge Guimaraes) and see what we’ll do, but (being a backup) is a possibility. I would have to do a full camp so, even if I have to wait, at least I did a camp, I won’t lose rhythm. Like you said, COVID(-19) is complicated, you really have to pull out if you catch it.“