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Glover Teixeira Injured, Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva Shifted to UFC Fight Night 61 Main Event


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The last we heard, UFC light-heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira was going to headline UFC Fight Night 61 (February 22nd; Porto Alegre, Brazil) against former champ Rashad Evans, despite the fact that Teixeira hadn’t been medically cleared to resume training. Well, that’s not going to happen after all.

Teixeira’s manager Ed Soares told MMAFighting.com today that Teixeira “tweaked a knee injury that he suffered in his October fight against Phil Davis and now requires six weeks of physical therapy.” The UFC is working on a new fight for Evans, although the date of that fight is yet unknown.

In the meantime, the UFC has decided to pull the Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva fight that was scheduled for UFC 184 on February 28th, and set it as the new main event of UFC Fight Night 61 six days earlier. UFC Fight Night 61 will still be co-headlined by Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson, but the way the UFC injury bug has been knocking off main events and co-mains lately, nothing in this life is guaranteed. The current UFC Fight Night 61 lineup is…

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Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson Added to UFC Fight Night 61 in Porto Alegre


(Barboza doing some of that spinnin’ stuff during his last fight against Bobby Green.)

The UFC announced yesterday that a fight between highly regarded lightweight contenders Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson will serve as the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 61, which goes down Sunday, February 22nd at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The event apparently will be headlined by Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira, and it is expected to air on FOX Sports 1.

Barboza has been victorious in his last two Octagon appearances, scoring a first-round TKO of Evan Dunham in July and out-pointing Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night 57 last month. Johnson has won three straight against Joe Lauzon, Gleison Tibau, and Melvin Guillared, but hasn’t competed since March due to injury.

The current lineup for UFC Fight Night 61: Evans vs. Teixeira is…

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Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira Might Be Headlining UFC Fight Night 61 in Porto Alegre, Brazil


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Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will return from a 15-month hiatus when he faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61, February 22nd at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Or, maybe Evans vs. Teixeira won’t headline that card. The matchup was first reported by Globo today, but the problem is, Teixeira hasn’t been medically cleared to train:

Teixeira’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, has called the report premature. Guimaraes says that Teixeira, who was medically suspended after his UFC 179 loss to Phil Davis, has yet to be cleared to return to competition by Brazil’s athletic commission.

“Glover hasn’t even been cleared to fight on that date yet by the athletic commission due to his injuries,” Guimaraes told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.

Teixeira caught a 45-day medical suspension following UFC 179 on October 25th, which should be complete by now — so maybe he’s dealing with new injuries that we don’t know about. At any rate, Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira seems like a somewhat necessary meeting between one fighter who hasn’t competed all of 2014 due to a knee injury, and another fighter who lost both his fights in 2014 after winning 20 straight.

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