The one-time UFC light heavyweight title contender told MMA Fighting on Wednesday that he will check his damaged shoulder with his doctor on Thursday to find out if he really needs surgery to treat this old injury.
”I visited (the doctor) before, but since I got injured again, I’ll see if something (got worse),” Teixeira said. “We’ll see if I need surgery or only physical therapy. I think I’ll need surgery because I wanted to have surgery before.”
Teixeira said it’s not the same shoulder he injured in his title fight with Jon Jones. The Brazilian lost a five-round decision against Jones in 2014 and needed surgery to fix a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
”The doctor had already told me that my rotator cuff was injured,” Teixeira said. “And I think it just got worse now.”
The light heavyweight expects to receive a timetable for his return to full contact training after he visits the doctor on Thursday.
Both Teixeira and Manuwa were set to participate in a media day with Brazilian reporters via Skype on Wednesday afternoon, but are no longer scheduled talk to the media. The UFC has yet to announce if Manuwa will be matched up against another opponent or be pulled from the card as well.
Update: Teixeira told MMA Fighting on Friday morning that he will avoid surgery and do six weeks of physical therapy. The Brazilian fighter will have to go under the knife if the injury doesn't heal up after that time.