Cutelaba (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) withdrew from his scheduled light heavyweight bout with former title challenger Teixeira (27-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) on just nine days’ notice due to an undisclosed injury.
Although the UFC is reportedly searching for a replacement so that Teixeira can remain on the upcoming card, Cutelaba has indicated his recovery time is only four weeks and is hopeful the promotion can instead just push the fight back to another card (via Instagram):
Unfortunately the fight is postponed!
Cause (personal trauma)
Recovery time of one month.
The fight will be postponed another time and yet the fight will take place!
UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The card streams on ESPN+ with prelims on ESPN.
Recently speaking to MMAjunkie, Teixeira praised Cutelaba as a fighter with a bright future at 205 pounds. However, he felt “The Hulk” is not yet on his level. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to prove it at UFC on ESPN+ 1.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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