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Glover Teixeira feels slighted by UFC giving title fight to Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira couldn’t help but feel disrespected after a title fight between Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev was made official.

UFC 282 was supposed to feature a rematch between Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka for the light heavyweight title. Unfortunately, the fight was scrapped after Prochazka announced that he suffered a serious shoulder injury during training camp.

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Prochazka, who was preparing for his first title defense, was then forced to relinquish his belt. As a result, the co-main event fight between Blachowicz and Ankalaev was elevated to a title fight.

During an interview with Super Lutas’ YouTube channel, Teixeira pulled back the curtains to reveal the negotiations he had with the UFC. According to the Brazilian, the promotion offered him a chance to win back the title against Ankalaev.

But when he asked to postpone the match to UFC 283, according to Teixeira, the decision makers refused and placed Blachowicz in his place:

“I felt a bit disrespectful… Considering everything I’ve done for this company. I’m a bit sad about this whole situation. Why wouldn’t they let me fight Jan? They’re two old guys fighting again, but that would sell more than this fight against Ankalaev. We’re two heavyweights. That would sell more for sure, no disrespect to Ankalaev. He’s just not very well known here in America. Maybe that he is in Russia, I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t understand what they are doing.” [Translated from Portuguese to English by Bloody Elbow]

Watch Glover Teixeira’s interview below:

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Jiri Prochazka apologizes to Glover Teixeira

Jiri Prochazka has apologized to Glover Teixeira after the latter lost his chance to fight for the title.

Following her announcement, Prochazka posted a video on Instagram to address her fans. The video opened with ‘Denisa’ apologizing to her supposed opponent, before promising her fans that he would return to claim the belt.

“I have to say sorry to Glover…I canceled that fight then [close] in combat. And that’s life. So congratulations to Ankalaev and Blachowicz for the title shot. But still, I feel like a champion and after I come back I will come for the title and more. My goals are higher than just the title. I’ll be back.”

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org