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Glover Teixeira expected to have surgery following UFC Sao Paulo pullout

UFC 202: Johnson v Teixeira Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking to replace Glover Teixeira in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 137 main event after the Brazilian blew out his shoulder and was forced to withdraw from the Sept. 22 fight card, scheduled for Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

While I’m sure both the promotion and opponent Jimi Manuwa would prefer to postpone the pairing rather than cancel it altogether, it sounds like Teixeira will opt to go under the knife to correct a lingering issue.

“We’ll see if I need surgery or only physical therapy. I think I’ll need surgery because I wanted to have surgery before,” Teixeira told MMA Fighting. ”The doctor had already told me that my rotator cuff was injured and I think it just got worse now.”

This is a considerable setback for the soon to be 39 year-old slugger, especially when factoring in how pedestrian he looked in defeat to Corey Anderson. That loss put him at 2-3 over the last two years in a span that saw him get finished twice.

Teixeira will find out his fate on Thursday as the promotion continues to hunt for a 205-pound replacement. As it stands, Manuwa remains attached to the FOX Sports 1 fight card, which goes live in just over a month.