Ariel Helwani of ESPN first broke the news of the fighter withdraw, but didn’t report how long Cutelaba is expected to be out of action for. Teixeira is expected to remain on the card at this time, as UFC officials have just over a week to find the fighter a new opponent to battle.
Teixeira (27-7-0) has rotated wins and losses in his last six UFC appearances, with his latest bout being a unanimous decision loss to Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night Hamburg. Teixeira has previously challenged for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title, losing to then champion Jon Jones at UFC 172. Teixeira hasn’t picked up a victory in over a year, with that last win coming against Misha Cirkunov via first round TKO at UFC on Fox 26 in December of 2017.
Cutelaba would take to Instagram a short time after the news broke to explain the situation:
Here is a translation of what Cutelaba wrote, provided by Google Translate:
"Unfortunately the fight is postponed! Cause (personal trauma) I'm sorry! Recovery time of one month. The fight will be postponed another time and yet the fight will take place!"
UFC Fight Night Brooklyn takes place on Saturday, January 19 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw headlining. Fightful is going to be providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.