Thiago Santos versus Glover Teixeira targeted for the title of the UFC event on September 12


Lightweight heavyweight title challengers Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira will battle it out for another shot at the belt.

The UFC is working on a September 12 headliner for the Brazilian light heavyweights, several people told MMA Fighting after a first report from The event is slated to take place in Las Vegas at UFC APEX.

Santos returns for the first time since a hard-fought loss to current champion Jon Jones at UFC 239. The Brazilian, who suffered a severe blow, suffered serious knee injuries during the fight and still managed to hold the distance, winning a score sheet of 48-47 while the two remaining judges saw the same for Jones.

Santos underwent surgery and immediately went into rehabilitation, in collaboration with the UFC PI in Las Vegas. The 36-year-old Brazilian told MMA Junkie that he plans to move permanently from Rio De Janeiro to Coconut Creek, Florida, to train full-time for the American Top Team. Before his title loss, he won four straight wins, including three saves.

After defeats in high-level fights, Teixeira is on the rise with a quartet of victories. He recently clubbed Anthony Smith en route to a TKO at UFC Jacksonville in April, placing him in revenge with Jones after a unilateral loss in April 2014.

UFC President Dana White recently told Yahoo! Sports All UFC events could be moved to Abu Dhabi in the event that a halt to the coronavirus pandemic is restored in Las Vegas, where several events took place last month.


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