Glover Teixeira's coach has said that Jon Jones' standing shoulder crank 'disfigured' the Brazilian's shoulder during their fight.
Teixeira suffered a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Jones and was struggling to throw with his right arm after the gruesome looking crank in the first round.
Now his coach, John Hackleman, is saying that the crank has left his 'shoulder' disfigured and he's going to have an MRI scan later this week in order to see how much damage was done.
"I've never seen Glover lose a fight like this. I've never seen Glover bleeding. I've never seen Glover hurt so bad. Glover hurt his right shoulder really bad in the first round. The first round! That's not an excuse, because Jon Jones hurt his shoulder." Hackleman told MMA.tv.
"Sometimes he has shoulder problems, from training too much. He never said he has an actual torn ligament, or torn tendon. So we found that out afterwards. It was obvious, it was actually disfigured and swollen. You could tell there was something seriously wrong with it. He's going to have a MRI Wednesday."
Hackleman wasn't making excuses for Teixeira though, instead likening it to the Carlos Condit-Tyron Woodley fight.
"Just like when Tyron Woodley hurt Condit's knee, and then they said, well, he fought him with a hurt knee - yah, but Woodley hurt his knee. Jon Jones hurt Glover's shoulder in the tie up on the clinch against the cage, tweaked his shoulder and he hurt it. So Glover couldn't use his right hand very well... You see me in the corner trying to get him to throw that right hand harder. He told me in one round, 'Hey, can you get some ice on it?'"
Teixeira's future in the UFC is unclear. Although many would expect him to remain a top contender, the extent of the damage done by Jones may be enough for the 34 year old to hang up his gloves.
A future title shot is at least two fights, if not three away from him after the loss and if that's what motivates him then he may not have the patience to wait two-three years for that fight to happen.
In the latest UFC rankings he dropped from the #2 Light Heavyweight to #3, being usurped by Rashad Evans, who is currently out with a knee injury. The timescale of a return for both men currently clashes so that's just one of the potential matchups for Teixeira, should he stay on.
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