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UFC on FOX 19: Glover Teixeira Outlines Why he Takes “Risks” by Fighting Lower Ranked Opponents Like Rashad Evans

Kelsey Mowatt

Glover Teixeira

Glover Teixeira is still on the hunt for another shot at the UFC’s 205 title, and the contender understands that in order to get it, he may have to fight lower ranked opponents for now.

Teixeira is preparing for an upcoming bout with Rashad Evans, which will go down on April 16th at UFC on FOX 19. Recently the Brazilian agreed to step in and replace the injured “Shogun” Rua, who was initially scheduled to fight Evans.

The fight comes at a time when Teixeira has recorded consecutive wins over Ovince Saint Preux and Patrick Cummins, and as he sits in the #4 spot in the light-heavyweight  division. The only men who currently are ranked ahead of Teixeira are Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson, Jon Jones and the champ, Daniel Cormier. Evans is currently ranked #7.

Recently Teixeira spoke with MMA Fighting.com, and while discussing what’s on the line at UFC on FOX 19, the dangerous fighter stated:

“…I believe I’m a top 5, but it won’t change anything. What’s going to change? If I lose to him, it would change, but if I win, nothing changes, I will stay at the same spot I already am.

“Rashad is below me, just like my last fights with Cummins and St. Preux. It hasn’t changed anything. I only defended my position there. If I lose, I will drop down. I’m the one taking risks every time I fight, but I have to fight to wait for the possibility of fighting for the belt.”

Teixeira is in an interesting situation right now. The veteran is very much in the title shot hunt, but since he has some recent losses to Jones and Phil Davis, he needs to score a few more big wins before getting tapped for another championship fight. If he can take out Evans at UFC on FOX 19, however, and then defeat say Gustafsson or Johnson, it’s hard to imagine him not getting another crack at the belt.

UFC on FOX 19 will go down in Tampa, Florida.

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