Breaking: UFC working on Thiago Santos (@TMarretaMMA) vs. Glover Teixeira (@gloverteixeira) to headline a Fight Night on Nov. 7, per sources ... This fight has been postponed twice due to Covid-19. Recent quotes from Santos included in the article. https://t.co/HaEdZi79XC— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 24, 2020
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The story first coming from ESPN on Thursday, Thiago Santos (21-7) and Glover Teixeira (31-7) are being re-booked to headline the Nov. 7 UFC Fight Night event. The two light heavyweights have been scheduled to compete against one another in September and October, but the first was scuttled when Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19 and the second scratched when Santos tested positive for COVID-19.
Santos has not stepped in the Octagon since his split decision championship defeat to Jon Jones in July 2019. The narrow loss snapped a four-fight win streak that saw him demolish the likes of Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa and upcoming title challenger Jan Blachowicz along the way. “Marreta” has recorded over 70 percent of his wins, and the ex-middleweight sports victories including other top names including Anthony Smith and Jack Hermansson.
Teixeira has been on a tear since his 2018 decision loss to Corey Anderson. Tapping Karl Roberson and Ion Cutelaba, Teixeira went on to take Nikita Krylov to the scorecards for the first time in the Ukrainian’s 33-fight career. Teixeira, the first man to ever win and lose UFC bouts in the fifth round, accomplished this feat by knocking out Smith in the fifth frame in May. The 40-year-old is currently riding his longest win streak since his unbeaten stretch from 2006 to 2013, and his finish rate trumps his opponent at 84 percent.
The currently unnumbered Nov. 7 fight card will be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Drawing main card billings include a pivotal lightweight battle pitting Diego Ferreira against Drew Dober, while former strawweight title challenger Claudia Gadelha takes on Xioanan Yan.