Glover Teixeira would rather not share a card with his teammate Alex Pereira.
Teixeira (33-8 MMA, 16-6 UFC) was in Pereira’s corner for his title-winning finish against Israel Adesanya at UFC 281 in November and was elated to see him capture the middleweight title.
Pereira (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) was going to return the favor by cornering Teixeira for his title fight rematch against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 282 before it was scrapped. But having cornered each other on numerous occasions, Teixeira says he prefers he and Pereira assist each other rather than compete on the same event.
“That’s a little bit too much,” Teixeira told MMA Junkie in an interview facilitated by one of his sponsors, Stake.com. “I like to be there for him and same thing, he likes to be there for me. That’s why he didn’t fly to Brazil because of this fight. He was trying to go back to Brazil right away, but then he’s like, ‘I’m going to wait for your fight,’ and then he waited around and (the cancellation) happened. We’re there for each other, but if it happens, it happens. It would be a beautiful thing. We’d deal with any situation.”
With Prochazka vacating his light heavyweight title due to injury and Jan Blachowicz and Magomed Ankalaev scheduled to fight for the vacant belt in Saturday’s UFC 282 main event, Teixeira is eyeing the winner.