Glover Teixeira willing to fight 'top contender' in lieu of immediate UFC title shot

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Glover Teixeira wants the next shot at the 205-pound title, but is willing to take another fight if it's the only way to stay busy.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will defend his 205-pound title against division number one contender Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of the UFC 165 pay-per-view (PPV), which takes place on Sept. 21, 2013 from Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The winner is expected to make his first title defense against Glover Teixeira (says this guy).

But if "The Mauler" can somehow manage to break "Bones," prompting an immediate rematch (not uncommon), then Teixeira is going to take another fight in the interim, rather than sit out during the prime of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, according to MMA Junkie.

"I want to stay busy. I want to fight [Jones]. He's the bigger name, and he's been champion for a while. If Gustafsson beats this guy, I'll be happy for him, too, as long as I get to fight him. Or if they have a rematch, I'd like to fight some top contender and keep myself busy. I'm healthy, and I can't be losing time."

Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out in the end. On the flip-side, we also can't forget about the Daniel Cormier situation.

Teixeira scored "Knockout of the Night" with a first-round finish of Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 earlier this month in Brazil. The win over "Darth" pushed his record to 5-0 inside the Octagon (22-2 overall); however, by his own admission, he was unhappy with his shaky performance.

And there is little room for error against a fighter like Jones.

The question now is, does he get the winner of the UFC 165 main event? Or would you, as a fight fan, prefer to see a victorious "DC" drop down and try to win the 205-pound strap?

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