Teixeira is willing to fight someone else instead of waiting, even it that means putting himself at risk of falling back down the light heavyweight ladder.
"There's no way I'm just going to sit around," Teixeira said. "I'm healthy. I'm good. I had a few minor injuries before the fight with Bader, but nothing major, and we're getting it taken care of. I could be ready to fight in three or four months, and I don't want to wait. If they're going to do this rematch, then I want to get in there and fight someone else."
Teixeira hasn't spoken with UFC officials, but he's eagerly awaiting their decision. The UFC hasn't made any official announcement yet if Jones will fight Gustafsson immediately, or if Teixeira will get the next crack at the title.
"I want that title shot," Teixeira said. "That's all I want. I'll sit back and wait and cross my fingers."
Teixeira showed class with his response, as he admits the Jones vs Gustafsson rematch will be a fight for the ages.
"It was a very close fight, but I scored the first round for Gustafsson and all the other rounds to Jones even though it was close — very close," Teixeira said. "Jones was getting hit a lot, but also he was pushing forward and trying to get takedowns, as well as catching Gustafsson with kicks and elbows."
As a fan, Teixeira says even he wants to watch Jones and Gustafsson go to war again.
"But it's hard to say I'm OK with it, because I worked so hard to get this opportunity," Teixeira said. "I felt like I had my hands right there on the chance, and now they're going to take it away from me, and who knows for how long? It could be a year from now. It's really upsetting to me."