After his first-round knockout of Rashad Evans in Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 19 main event, Glover Teixeira threw out a possible name that he’d like to fight next.
And that was none other than Anthony Johnson.
Yet, as many things are in the UFC right now, it’s complicated. Johnson declared himself the No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight division with his January knockout of Ryan Bader, yet might find himself in a bit of limbo when he’s healthy enough to compete again. That’s because Jon Jones will be fighting Ovince St. Preux next week at UFC 197 for the interim title and the right to face current champion Daniel Cormier.
Should the Jones-OSP winner face Cormier, that leaves Johnson with a lot of calendar to idle through.
All of this went into Teixeira’s thinking when he called him out on Saturday night in Tampa.
“Rumble deserves the title shot, of course,” Teixeira said at the post-fight press conference. “He’s in line and, I don’t know, it’s up to him what he wants to do. I just mentioned a name over there because you see the soap opera that’s going on with Cormier and Jones, and Cormier now is going to fight the winner of Jones and OSP. Who knows when that fight is going to happen. Anthony Johnson’s probably going to spend the whole year doing nothing.
“So I like, give him a job, you know?”
One person who seems to be a fan of a potential Teixeira-Johnson fight is UFC president Dana White.
“When [Teixeira] called him out, I went, ‘oh, I like that fight,'” White said. “That’s a fun fight. I gotta be honest, I like that fight.”
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