Thiago Silva is injured and has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming UFC 149 bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. As a replacement, The UFC is looking to match Glover Teixeira up with the ex-light heavyweight champion.
According to a report by mmajunkie.com, Dana White has offered Rua Teixeira, but they claim he has flatly refused to accept the match-up.
“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. “But 'Shogun's' people are adamantly refusing to take the fight. They want nothing to do with Glover”.
But contrary to the quote published by mmajunkie.com, TATAME.com has contacted Rua’s manager Julio Heller, Heller guarantee’s that they have not turned down any offer to fight Texeira at UFC 149.
“I just sent a message to the UFC. I’m waiting for their call”, Heller said. “(Turning down a fight with Glover) it’s not true at all”.
Julio said they’ll wait for the UFC before making further comments, and the decision to fight Glover, or any other opponent, is in Shogun and his coach Andre Dida’s hands.
“We have to wait for the names whey’ll offer, and then we’ll see what we do”.
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