After two earlier scratches, the UFC is engaged on pairing the 2 former mild heavyweight title challengers to struggle – this time, for Nov. 7 in Las Vegas.
A number of individuals with information of the scenario confirmed the focused reserving to MMA Junkie on Thursday however requested to stay nameless because the promotion has but to make an official announcement. ESPN was first to report the information.
Santos (21-7 MMA, 13-6 UFC) and Teixeira (31-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) have been initially slated to satisfy at UFC on ESPN+ 35 on Sept. 12. Teixeira examined optimistic for COVID-19 main as much as the competition, although, which led to a postponement till October.
The matchup was slated once more for Oct. 3 on “Combat Island” in Abu Dhabi, however simply weeks prior, it was revealed the struggle had been canceled as soon as extra, this time as a result of Santos examined optimistic for coronavirus.
Santos hasn’t fought since a July 2019 loss to Jon Jones in a bout for the 205-pound title. He was the primary in UFC historical past to take a scorecard from “Bones,” within the split-decision loss however required double knee surgical procedure afterward and has but to make his return.
Teixeira, in the meantime, is using a powerful wave of 4 consecutive wins. He beat Anthony Smith at UFC on ESPN+ 29 in Might to enter again into the title dialog after dropping his first likelihood to Jones in 2013.
With the addition, the Nov. 7 lineup contains:
- Thiago Santos vs. Glover Teixeira
- Brendan Allen vs. Ian Heinisch
- Claudia Gadelha vs. Xiaonan Yan
- Drew Dober vs. Diego Ferreira
- Andrei Arlovski vs. Tanner Boser
- Vanessa Melo vs. Sarah Moras
- Kyle Daukaus vs. Dustin Stoltzfus
- Trevin Giles vs. Bevon Lewis
- Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Max Griffin
- Felipe Colares vs. Gustavo Lopez