Glover Teixeira Suffered Torn Labrum In First Round Of Jon Jones Fight

Glover Teixeira’s UFC light-heavyweight championship face off against Jon Jones was over almost as fast as it started because in the early moments of the UFC 172 main event, Teixeira suffered a major injury before going on to fight with one good hand for the rest of the bout.

As it turns out, the injury is serious, a torn labrum that he will require surgery to fix according to his his manager Ed Soares.

According to Soares, Teixeira is likely to have surgery within the next two weeks, but does not yet have a timetable for a return. The injury is the same one suffered by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez on two separate occasions. While he’s still rehabilitating his way through the most recent setback, the first one required about 10 months between surgery and fight night. Despite that, Soares said Teixeira has a positive outlook on the entire situation.

Heres what Soares had to say:

“He’s in great spirits, He went out there and was the best prepared Glover Teixeira there has ever been. Jon Jones was just the better man that night. I don’t think Jon Jones did anything wrong, “It’s the complete opposite. I actually think he did everything right. Jon Jones fought a hell of a fight, and that shouldn’t be taken away from him.”

The five-round fight also left Teixeira with a rib injury. Though Soares said the extent of that injury was not known, it’s not nearly as severe as his shoulder damage he incurred.

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