Glover Teixeira is prepared to step out of character so as to get a UFC gentle heavyweight title shot earlier than Israel Adesanya.
The veteran Brazilian returns to the Octagon this Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 13, reverse compatriot Thiago “Maretta” Santos, in what many see as a doable title eliminator bout.
The 41-year outdated Teixeira is having fun with a profession resurgence as of late, posting a formidable four-fight successful streak, with the most recent being a Fifth-round TKO win over former title contender Anthony Smith again in Could.
Santos, in the meantime, is coming off a protracted layoff following a loss to Jon Jones again in 2019. Santos misplaced a detailed cut up choice towards Jones in one of many gentle heavyweight nice’s hardest checks.
Now, Teixeira and Santos – each former title challengers – wish to inch nearer to UFC gold as soon as once more, however their potential title pictures are in jeopardy of being delayed due to reigning middleweight champ Adesanya, who plans to maneuver up and problem reigning 205-pound champion Jan Blachowicz.
Requested whether or not he was upset within the growth, Glover Teixeira informed the media forward of UFC Vegas 13 that he had no purpose to be upset but.
“Not but, I’m not upset, it didn’t occur but, every little thing is feasible.”
Glover Teixeira added that he’s prepared to do some trash speaking of his personal, if it signifies that he can get a title shot forward of Adesanya.
“We’ll see after this struggle. We might over there and make some noise.”
Not likely recognized for his trash speaking, Teixeira understands that hype makes fights, and he says he is ready to do some speaking to get what he desires.
“I by no means actually discuss an excessive amount of sh*t, however If I’ve to perform a little bit to advertise this struggle and take Adesanya out of there and get the title struggle, that’s what I’m gonna do,” Teixeira added. “Ship him again to the 185-pound division.”
Glover Teixeira targets yet another crack at UFC gold
Brazilian gentle heavyweight veteran Glover Teixeira is inching in the direction of one other shot on the 205-pound crown after stringing collectively 4 wins in a row.
On Saturday, he returns to the Octagon to tackle fellow Brazilian Thiago Santos in what might decide the following title challenger within the gentle heavyweight division.
Contemplating Glover Teixeira’s tenure within the UFC, it is fairly spectacular that the 41-year outdated is as soon as once more knocking on the door of a title shot.
Debuting again in 2012, Teixeira was finest generally known as Chuck Liddell’s coaching companion. 5 straight UFC wins later, Glover Teixeira was carving his personal path and difficult Jon Jones for the UFC gentle heavyweight championship.
Whereas Glover Teixeira got here up brief towards Jones, many believed that he could be again within the combine sooner reasonably than later.
His subsequent few years within the UFC could be a curler coaster journey nevertheless, as he went 5-4 in his subsequent 9 fights.
Following a loss to Corey Anderson, Teixeira turned issues round and picked up 4 consecutive wins resulting in Saturday’s high-stakes matchup towards Santos.
If Teixeira can maintain his streak going, there is no denying that he is subsequent in line at 205-pounds, whoever the champion could also be by the point he will get his shot.
Revealed 06 Nov 2020, 06:26 IST