When UFC president Dana White revealed that he had pulled former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen from his UFC 155 bout against former UFC light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, in order to give him a coaching slot in the upcoming season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter" along with a title shot against Sonnen light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, there was some backlash.
Many fans, media and UFC fighters were against the move as Sonnen hadn't fought in the weight class yet and was beaten soundly in his previous fight against UFC middleweight champion Jon Jones.
Count rising light-heavyweight star Glover Teixeira among those who disagree with the move.
"I think Chael did not deserve that chance, actually. "Glover Teixeira told Tatame.com.br "I really do not like to see his fights. Rampage is right. Sonnen is boring to watch sometimes. Has some fights that are good, but very few. It is usually a boring fight, but the guy speaks and sells fights.
"For anyone who does not talk much, you have to work hard. Chuck (Liddell) never talked much, but others struggled. Anderson does not talk much, but fights well too. We have to do this. I do not like to talk. We, Brazilians, have more shame. We are ashamed of it. These guys are not talking much out of shame (laughs)."
Nonetheless, Teixeira believes Sonnen will get demolished when he faces Jones on April 27.
"I think Jon Jones will massacre him," Teixeira said. "Chael Sonnen will not do anything. I do not see Sonnen winning in any way. It may happen though, because a fight is a fight, but I think it will be quite difficult."
Teixeira hopes he is the one to bring an end to Jones reign over the light-heavyweight division, but for now he wants more fights under his belt to gain experience.
"I'll have to talk to me, man (laughs)," Teixeira said. "I hope it is me, but at the moment I'm doing some fights to get more experience. I learned a lot with this fight against Maldonado. Even with the victory, learned a lot. I have to learn more and gain experience to enter the Octagon [against Jones]. One day, I will get there. I'm going to work, doing my best to get there."
After Teixeira defeated Fabio Maldonado at UFC 153, his former UFC 153 opponent Quinton Jackson immediately took to twitter and asked UFC president Dana White to once again schedule him against Teixeira. Jackson originally pulled out his bout with Teixeira after he suffered an elbow injury.
Dana White responded "sounds good bro."
"Whatever the UFC wants," Teixeira said. "Rampage is an idol of the sport and good when he trains. It is a fight that will be hard, but I will be ready for him. I'm always ready to fight and I will beat this guy. He is talking about he will destroy me, fighting with two guys in the night. He lost to Forrest Griffin and talking he will fight with Griffin and me on the same night? So I say, this guy is clueless."