Most people were predicting Glover Teixeira to defeat Ryan Bader and secure a shot at the light-heavyweight belt in the process, and following UFC Fight Night 28 the promotion announced just that. After all, with his stoppage win over Bader, Teixeira has won five straight bouts in the Octagon and 20 consecutive fights overall. That’s not a bad resume to have if you want to be the top contender.
So now Teixeira will wait and see who emerges with the win at UFC 165 on September 21st, when champion Jon Jones takes on Alexander Gustafsson. Speaking after his latest victory the 33 year-old vet relayed that not only does he believe Jones will win, but Teixeira says he’s hoping the superstar does (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“My dream is to get the belt, but I believe Jon Jones will win,” Teixeira said. “That’s the way I see it, and I definitely prefer to fight him, in a certain manner because Jon Jones has a better name. He’s been a champ for a long time, so whoever goes to face him has to be very focused, very well-trained.”
While Teixeira has been tapped as the next challenger, he did take some hard shots during his bout with Bader, and confessed afterwards that he wasn’t impressed with his performance.
“I was thinking a lot about the knockout, and I was waiting for that,” Teixeira said. “I was waiting for him to punch me so I could counter him, but I was very close to him. That’s where he got me. I remembered we always have to move, and we always have to be first. I have to do my strategy, which is always to move the head around and to go forward and to make those punches connect. I didn’t move around, and that’s where the problems started.”
There definitely were some moments where it appeared like Teixeira’s ridiculously impressive run might come to an and. Now we’ll get to see how he does against Jones or Gustafsson, and whether he can avoid their diverse attacks.
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