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The Big Questions to Ponder Following UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira

| November 11, 2020 2:31 am PDT
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira Questions

It was a night for the oldies on Saturday in Vegas, as Glover Teixeira upset the odds once more. 

Fellow quadragenarian Andrei Arlovski also had a big win in there at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira. Like Teixeira, the “Pitbull” can be very proud of his overall performance.

But unlike Arlovski, the Brazilian has a rightful claim to a title shot. Well, doesn’t he?

Check out my answers to the five big questions from a gnarly night of action at the UFC APEX.

How Did Teixeira Do it Again?

In Irish mythology, Tír na hÓige is the land of everlasting youth. For those of us out there counting the lines on our faces, and clasping up those rolls around our midsection, Glover Teixeira is a guy that should be fielding more phone calls than America’s Most Wanted about how he found his way there.

On Saturday night, the ageless wonder did it again. Despite entering his main event with Thiago Santos as an underdog, Teixeira left UFC betting sites paying out on plus money odds once again.

Teixeira has five straight wins with four finishes. The man who turned 41 a couple of weeks ago is now teetering on the edge of a title shot. Which takes me to my next point.

Does Glover Deserve a Title Shot?

He does deserve a shot, right? Well, I guess that depends on how we define “deserve.”

If the UFC is, for the most part, a meritocracy, then… why not? Is the fact that he is on the wrong side of 40 a reason to deny him a shot at the title? Or conversely, should aid and abet his outlandish claim to Jan Blachowicz’s gold?

Look, it shouldn’t matter if a 200-year-old monkey signs up with the UFC and slaps seven shades of crap out of anyone in front of them. Providing they are beating the right fighters and doing everything that they should be doing in order to justify the terms and conditions of his contract, that bicentennial monkey should deserve nothing less than the young, cocky, good looking guy or girl thrust into the spotlight.

He might look a little like a Brazilian Homer Simpson. But Teixeira deserves his shot. Even Dana White hears him!

Did Thiago Santos “Do a Dominick Reyes?”

In the lead up to fight week, I discussed Thiago Santos’ mindset ahead of his clash with Teixeira. 

Although I, like many others, fancied Santos’ chances, I was a little concerned about his psychology. Comparing it to how Dominick Reyes entered his title fight with Jan Blachowicz — with a certain type of arrogance that seemed to play a part in his loss — Santos basically looked past Teixeira and paid the same price. 

OK, there was no title on the line, but a win for Santos would have pushed him into the top two guys demanding that shot. Instead, he lost, looked very poor, and will probably have to settle for watching Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya from his couch.

Or dare I say it, Blachowicz vs. Teixeira.

So what is the origin of the poor attitude shared by Reyes and Santos in fights that they probably should have won? Could it have anything to do with their performances against Jon Jones?

Both men claimed to have done enough to beat the light heavyweight G.O.A.T. Did this inflate their egos to the point that they thought they were better than they were? Or were Blachowiz and Teixeira just that good?

I think it’s a little bit of both.

Is Arlovski on an Upward Trend?

Are Andrei Arlovski and Glover Teixeira sharing the same water? Because something seemed to spark for both of them on the night.

Arlovski pulled off a big upset over Tanner Boser on Saturday, but the younger man away on by unanimous decision to register his first streak since 2018. 

The former heavyweight champ looked excellent in that win and even drew praise from UFC President Dana White. When discussing Arlovkski’s chin after the fight, White made the following remarks.

“Listen, that guy has been here for 20 years, and to still be competing at that level and be pulling off a win tonight its pretty impressive. It seems like to me that his chin has gotten better, which is not supposed to happen. It doesn’t work that way. But yeah, he looked good tonight.”

Arlovski appeared happy after his win. Is this the beginning of a resurgence? Surely not…

What Was With Ramiz Brahimaj’s Ear?

Poor Brahimaj. The injury inflicted on him by Max Griffin was gory as hell and has to rank up there with the worst injuries ever sustained in a UFC fight.

I’ll let the video do the talking. But just a forewarning — don’t watch this if you are squeamish. Or if you are currently tucking into your favorite pasta dish…

Wrap Up

Depending on who you were betting on last Saturday night at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira, it would have been a good night or a bad one. Well, it could also have been a bit of both.

But the good news is that we’ll have a chance to do it all again this Saturday night. If you’re looking to bet on the UFC, you can find some of our predictions and bets over on our picks section.

There is a pretty big deal happening in a couple of weeks, so I’ll leave you with some content relating to that. Then, in December, we have another major event hitting our screens.

I’ll leave things there for now. I’ll catch up with you soon!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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