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Third time’s the charm? Thiago Santos vs Glover Teixeira targeted for Nov. 7 UFC Fight Night event

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A Light Heavyweight fight between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira — which was set to headline UFC Vegas 10 on Sept. 12, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada — was moved to Oct. 3 after Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19. Several weeks later, Thiago Santos tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the promotion to postpone the bout once more.

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Now, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers are hoping that the third time will be the charm, as ESPN is reporting that the two heavy-hitters are finalizing a deal that will see them trade leather at an upcoming “Fight Night” event on Nov. 7, 2020.

On the bright side, the bout — which is likely to go down inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada — will be the headlining bout, meaning it has the possibility to go all five rounds. If you recall, once the bout was postponed initially, it was then pegged as the co-headliner to Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana, meaning it was only a three-round affair.

The repeated cancelations have delayed Thiago’s return further, as this will be the Brazilian bomber’s first bout in more than one year after shredding his knee during his title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 239. Meanwhile, Teixeira has had to keep his momentum on hold as he looks for his fifth straight win in hopes of getting closer to another shot at the title.