Coming off a big first-round win over former UFC champion Rashad Evans in April, Teixeira was upset to hear that "Rumble" was out of the FOX event on July 23, but hopes to face another opponent in five weeks.
"I’d rather stay on the card," Teixeira told MMA Fighting. "I’m prepared, and I spent a lot of money bringing guys from Brazil to help me. For sure, I’d like to stay on the card."
Teixeira wasn’t informed why Johnson will no longer fight him at Chicago’s United Center, and offers to fight any light heavyweight on July 23.
"Ed (Soares) is talking to Joe Silva. I don’t care. Anyone," he said. "I’m not the type of fighter to call someone out. I challenged Anthony Johnson because he was going to wait, and he’s the No. 1 contender. That fight made a lot of sense to me because a win would get me next to a title shot. I’d be the next in line. I don’t have much choice now. Bring anyone."
Riding a three-fight winning streak, the Brazilian fighter expected to earn a shot at the 205-pound title with a win in Chicago, and doesn’t know if beating a different opponent would also make him the next contender.
"I won’t talk about title shots now," Teixeira said. "I’ll just continue training and wait. I don’t know anything about that. I’m trained, brother. I’m trained and prepared."