Two former UFC title challengers will look to strengthen their circumstances for a second championship try when mild heavyweights Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira collide at UFC Combat Night time on Saturday on the Apex.
Santos (21-7) can be making his first look since he got here up brief in a split-decision loss to Jon Jones of their title struggle at UFC 239 in July 2019. Santos tore the ACL, MCL, PCL, and meniscus in his left knee in the course of the loss. He has been sidelined for the previous 16 months due to the accidents and delays attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Bodily, I’m already feeling one hundred pc,” Santos stated. “I’ve performed the whole lot in coaching: sparring, kicking exhausting, knee … the whole lot regular. However I haven’t been combating for a very long time, I don’t understand how my head, my adrenaline can be.
“However I have a sense it’s going to be alright. I can be very completely satisfied, doing what I like and the whole lot can be nice.”
Teixeira (31-7) is having fun with one thing of a profession renaissance at age 41, as he’s using a four-fight win streak. Teixeira additionally got here up brief in a title bid in opposition to Jones in 2014, however, he’s placing collectively a considerably surprising second run at a UFC championship.
The winner was anticipated to be the subsequent challenger for not too long ago topped champion Jan Blachowicz, however, UFC president Dana White stated middleweight champ Israel Adesanya will transfer up a weight class to the problem for his second title.
Fight in progress:
Still to come:
Light heavyweight: Thiago Santos (21-7, 13-6 UFC, -240) vs. Glover Teixeira (31-7, 14-5 UFC, +200)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski (29-19 1 NC, 18-14 1 NC UFC, +250) vs. Tanner Boser (19-6-1, 3-1 UFC, -300)
Men’s bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos (15-1, 4-0 UFC, -360) vs. Khalid Taha (13-2 1 NC, 1-1 1 NC UFC, +300)
Men’s featherweight: Giga Chikadze (11-2, 4-0 UFC, -700) vs. Jamey Simmons (7-2, 0-0 UFC, +500)
Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha 18-4, 7-4 UFC, +140) vs. Yan Xiaonan (12-1, 5-0 UFC, -160)
Middleweight: Trevin Giles (12-2, 3-2 UFC, -105) vs. Bevon Lewis (7-2, 1-2 UFC, -115)
Heavyweight: Marcos Rogerio de Lima (17-1-1, 6-4 UFC, +320) vs. Alexandr Romanov (12-0, 1-0 UFC, -400)
Men’s featherweight: Darren Elkins (25-9, 14-8 UFC, -220) vs. Eduardo Garagorri (13-1, 1-1 UFC, +185)
Welterweight: Max Griffin (15-8, 3-6 UFC, -145) vs. Ramiz Brahimaj (8-2, 0-0 UFC, +125)