UFC Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira spoke with UFC.com about taking on the champion Jon Jones at UFC 172. Of course he talked about his fight with Bones Jones, but he also mentioned how much Jon Hackleman has helped him getting to this point. Check it out below:
Everything he has worked for in his MMA career comes down to this one fight against Bone Jones, is there any pressure?
“I don’t think of it in that way,” he said. “It motivates me. Of course the pressure’s there because it’s a title fight and I’m fighting one of the greatest fighters ever, but fighting for my dream is a motivation. It’s like every time I wake up in the morning, I say ‘man, I can’t believe this.’ Think about this, all my fights, I used to train for something else, and that’s the title shot. Now, this is it. One fight, one title.”
Even though you have been unbeaten since 2006, Jon Jones brings out the weakness of his opponents, how do you keep fighting your style and not fight his fight in such a big fight?
“Everybody said he showed weakness in that fight,” said Teixeira. “No. Gustafsson’s no joke. Before the fight, I thought Gustafsson had the advantage standing up and Jon had better wrestling, but I was wrong. Jon Jones couldn’t take him down, but Jon showed a lot of heart. He kept coming back and he’s the true champion. I’m excited to fight this guy.”
What is it like finally getting to this point?
“I can’t wait anymore,” he laughs. “This camp has been way too long, and I’m ready to go. I have no injuries, and I feel really great for this fight. It’s my dream coming true, it’s right around the corner, and I’m coming after this dream with everything I’ve got.”