September 30, 2020

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Glover Teixeira tests positive for COVID-19

A positive test from Glover Teixeira has resulted in the cancellation of UFC’s main event of its Fight Night on Sept. 12, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

Teixeira, who was set to face Thiago Santos, reportedly found about the test on Wednesday morning, and is feeling 100 percent. The new main event for Sept. 12 is yet to be determined.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Per Helwani, UFC plans to move the Teixeira-Santos bout to its event on Oct. 3 in Abu Dhabi. Oddly enough, the scheduled main event for that night is another main event that had to be rescheduled, Irene Aldana vs. Holly Holm.” data-reactid=”24″>Per Helwani, UFC plans to move the Teixeira-Santos bout to its event on Oct. 3 in Abu Dhabi. Oddly enough, the scheduled main event for that night is another main event that had to be rescheduled, Irene Aldana vs. Holly Holm.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Whenever the fight is held, it will likely hold significant implications for a light heavyweight class that recently saw champion Jon Jones vacate his belt.” data-reactid=”25″>Whenever the fight is held, it will likely hold significant implications for a light heavyweight class that recently saw champion Jon Jones vacate his belt.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Dominick Reyes is currently scheduled to face Jan Błachowicz on Sept. 26 for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title. Given that Teixeira is on a four-fight win streak and Santos lost his title fight against Jones only by split decision despite fighting four rounds with nearly every ligament in his knee torn, it seems quite likely their bout could determine the first challenger for UFC’s new light heavyweight champion.” data-reactid=”26″>Dominick Reyes is currently scheduled to face Jan Błachowicz on Sept. 26 for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title. Given that Teixeira is on a four-fight win streak and Santos lost his title fight against Jones only by split decision despite fighting four rounds with nearly every ligament in his knee torn, it seems quite likely their bout could determine the first challenger for UFC’s new light heavyweight champion.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Teixeira is coming off a win against Anthony Smith that was so one-sided that the veteran apologized to his opponent mid-fight.” data-reactid=”27″>Teixeira is coming off a win against Anthony Smith that was so one-sided that the veteran apologized to his opponent mid-fight.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 13: Glover Teixeira of Brazil looks on in his Light Heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 13: Glover Teixeira of Brazil looks on in his Light Heavyweight bout during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Glover Teixeira will have to wait a month for his next fight. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

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