Glover Teixeira Out Of UFC on FOX 20, Report Says

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It looks like UFC on FOX 20 needs a whole new co-main event…

Fans of the light-heavyweight showdown on July 23 between Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixira were disappointed to learn that ‘Rumble’ recently dropped from the card due to family issues. The Brazilian ‘GT’ stated he was willing to remain on the card, and Alexander Gustafsson instantly threw his name in the mix to replace Johnson.

The bad news for fight fans continue, as we learn from a report on MMAFighting.com, that Teixeira will not be fighting on the Chicago card at all. Clearly either unable to find a suitable replacement, or perhaps preferring a reschedule of the original 205-pound burner with ‘Rumble,’ or maybe even ‘GT’ changed his mind, but apparently it’s just not happening now.

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After losing back-to-back decisions to Phil Davis and Jon Jones, Teixeira has gone on a three fight spree that includes a submission win over Ovince St-Preux and knockout finishes against Patrick Cummins and most recently former champion Rashad Evans.

Anthony Johnson came unstuck in his UFC 187 title tilt with Daniel Cormier for the vacant strap, but has since redeemed himself with knockout wins over Jimi Manuwa and Ryan Bader. The FOX aired card goes ahead without a co-main event at present, and is headlined by former champion Holy Holm in a bantamweight battle with Valentina Schevchenko.

Stay tuned for more updates. Here’s how the UFC on FOX 20 card looks now:

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Event: UFC on FOX 20 “Holm vs. Shevchenko”
Date: Sat., July 23, 2016, on FOX
Location: United Center in Chicago, Illinois

UFC on FOX 20 Main Event:

135 lbs.: Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko

UFC on FOX 20 Co-Main Event:

205 lbs.: Glover Teixeira vs. Anthony Johnson

Other Scheduled UFC on FOX 20 Fights:

155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
135 lbs.: Eddie Wineland vs. Frankie Saenz
170 lbs.: Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev
170 lbs.: George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina
155 lbs.: Alex Oliveira vs. James Moontasri
155 lbs.: Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
115 lbs.: Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran
265 lbs.: Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

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Sep 4, 2013; Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL; Glover Teixeira is checked before his fight against Ryan Bader (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Mineirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2013; Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL; Glover Teixeira is checked before his fight against Ryan Bader (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Mineirinho Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports