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Old 06-01-2012, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thiago Silva hurt, Shogun's people "want nothing to do with Glover Teixeira"

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The UFC's injury woes continue as Brazilian light heavyweight Thiago Silva has been forced to pull out of July's UFC 149 event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Luckily for UFC president Dana White, promotional newcomer Glover Teixeira (18-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is both healthy and hungry for a big fight after a scintillating win over Kyle Kingsbury at this past weekend's UFC 146 event.

There's just one problem: According to White, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) Silva's original opponent won't take the fight.

"With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight 'Shogun' at UFC 149," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "But 'Shogun's' people are adamantly refusing to take the fight. They want nothing to do with Glover."

Teixeria, of course, is a protege of UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell. The Brazilian started his career in 2002 fighting in the U.S., including four WEC appearances in the company's pre-Zuffa days. Visa issues forced the heavy-hitter to return to Brazil, where he continued to fight on his native country's regional scene while awaiting a chance to return to the U.S. In the process, he built a 15-fight win streak that included 12 victories in the opening round.

Teixiera finally resolved his immigration paperwork issues earlier this year and promptly signed with the UFC. He made his debut at this past weekend's UFC 146 event, where he wobbled Kingsbury with heavy leather before swarming for a submission finish with an arm-triangle choke.

After the win, Teixeira told MMAjunkie.com Radio that he was dreaming of potential fights with big names like Rua or Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Now the UFC appears happy to oblige, providing Rua will eventually agree.

Rua is a former UFC light heavyweight champion who earned the title with a UFC 113 win over then-champ Lyoto Machida before surrendering to current title holder Jon Jones at UFC 128. Rua then rebounded with a knockout win of Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 before dropping a unanimous decision to Dan Henderson at this past November's UFC 139 event in a bout many experts considered 2011's "Fight of the Year."

White said there is currently no timeframe on an official announcement of the new matchup, but he and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta are both diligently working to secure the new fight. One fighter is in, said White. Now he's just waiting on the former champ.

"'Shogun' wants nothing to do with Glover," White said. "But that's the fight Lorenzo and I are trying to put together."

Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champ Jose Aldo and top contender Erik Koch, UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view.

For more on UFC 149, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
http://mmajunkie.com/news/28995/thia...r-teixeira.mma

What the hell's so special about Glover Teixeira?
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are Shogun's people afraid of him or what?

so what if Shogun would get KO'd? As long as he comes to fight and does his best it's all good.
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The Hype Joe Rogan made about the guy his last fight probably has Shoguns camp a little spooked. Add in the fact that he isnt a big name and there is basically little motivation to accept the fight. Ofcourse not wanting to accept this fight while Dana White is trying to make it happen will probably get him a pay bonus incentive to take it.
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All I can think of is I hope Thiago Silva hasn't damaged his back any more. The guy had such potential but it's been the start of a real downslide for the guy.
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What's "The Mauler" up to? that would be a fun fight!
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Fellow MMAFORUM members what would YOU do if you were Shogun and what would YOU do if you were his manager.

I highly doubt Shogun is afraid of anybody...period. From a managerial and career standpoint what does Shogun have to gain from fighting a rookie... Glover should be fighting Gustaf, The Janitor, The Hippo...not a fricken bonafide legend at this stage of his career.

Damn right they refused cuz Glover is dangerous and there's NO UPSIDES to this fight other than money. I think it's an embarassment the UFC even offered it. Having the accolades (Pride/UFC LHW, Grand prix champ) and history Shogun or any legend has should hold some value.

I want to see Shogun vs Rampage x 2, Thiago Silva, Rashad, Lil Nog x 2, Hendo x 2, not a rookie man...not until Glover proves himself worthy.
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Fellow MMAFORUM <a class="inlineAdmedialink" href="#">members</a> what would YOU do if you were Shogun and what would YOU do if you were his manager.

I highly doubt Shogun is afraid of anybody...period. From a managerial and career standpoint what does Shogun have to gain from fighting a rookie... Glover should be fighting Gustaf, The Janitor, The Hippo...not a fricken bonafide legend at this stage of his career.

Damn right they refused cuz Glover is dangerous and there's NO UPSIDES to this fight other than money. I think it's an embarassment the UFC even offered it. Having the accolades (Pride/UFC LHW, Grand prix champ) and history Shogun or any legend has should hold some value.

I want to see Shogun vs Rampage x 2, Thiago Silva, Rashad, Lil Nog x 2, Hendo x 2, not a rookie man...not until Glover proves himself worthy.
I hope you're not talking about Alexander Gustaffson, because Gustaffson's literally one win away from a title shot, some guy who just beat up Kyle Kingsbury shouldn't be getting top five fights.

Shogun vs. Gus works, Shogun vs. Rashad would be even better too and you can just give Gustaffson the winner of Jones/Hendo. I've wanted to see it for years and no one wants to see Shogun/Jones 2 or Jones/Evans 2, they're regressing, Jones is progressing. So why not? People aren't gonna buy UFC 149 anyway because of Aldo/Koch, Shogun/Rashad would easily help that card out big time.
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Rua and his management probably don't feel that Glover is a big enough name and doesn't deserve to fight a guy like Rua. I guess I can see it and I sort of agree. But at the same time this guy has a pretty impressive record and has not lost since 2005. In any case Rua has a lot more to lose in this one. Rua obviously has no desire to fight this guy, if this fight happens Rua might lose only because he will not have the motivation.
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Fellow MMAFORUM members what would YOU do if you were Shogun and what would YOU do if you were his manager.

I highly doubt Shogun is afraid of anybody...period. From a managerial and career standpoint what does Shogun have to gain from fighting a rookie... Glover should be fighting Gustaf, The Janitor, The Hippo...not a fricken bonafide legend at this stage of his career.

Damn right they refused cuz Glover is dangerous and there's NO UPSIDES to this fight other than money. I think it's an embarassment the UFC even offered it. Having the accolades (Pride/UFC LHW, Grand prix champ) and history Shogun or any legend has should hold some value.

I want to see Shogun vs Rampage x 2, Thiago Silva, Rashad, Lil Nog x 2, Hendo x 2, not a rookie man...not until Glover proves himself worthy.
Who is there to fight? there aren't exactly 20 contenders waiting in line. And its not like this would hurt his chances of getting another shot at the belt if he won. Sure I'd love to see Shogun vs Rampage, and thats the only one that is really the most appealing to me.

Hows fighting Thiago Alves any better than Teixeira? Thiago is basically on a 3 fight losing streak, and his last fight was really unimpressive. Tex might have more hype around him then Thiago at this point. Not to mention Thiago is on the bottom of the rankings, so how will a win against him be anymore credible than one against Tex? He just wants a easy win vs Thiago if he doesn't want to fight Tex.

I really don't care about Tex, but for you to make those points, and not take into consideration where Thiago stands in the rankings is a bit silly.

Not to mention, it won't take much to get another title shot in the LHW division, two really good performances, doesn't matter who they are against, should give Shogun another title shot.
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