Teixeira is hoping to remain on the card against another opponent, sources told MMA Fighting, but it’s unclear if the promotion will be able to find a light heavyweight to compete at the Barclays Center on Jan. 19.
If no one steps up, Teixeira is willing to face Cutelaba at a later event, sources said. On his social media, Cutelaba said it will take a month for him to recover.
UFC’s first Fight Night event will air on ESPN+, headlined by Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the flyweight gold. The card suffered another blow on Thursday after John Lineker was forced out of the card with an injury.