UFC’s Glover Teixeira is making quite a name for himself in the Light-Heavyweight division. His current streak stands at 19 wins, including four recent UFC wins. Apart from his decision win against Rampage Jackson, GT has finished all of his UFC opponents.
His most recent win, a submission over James Te Huna at UFC 160, really put Teixeira on the map as far as the title picture. And if he can conquer his next opponent, Ryan Bader at UFC on FS1:3, it will be hard to deny GT his shot at the title.
Check out what Teixeira had to say, via MMAJunkie.com:
“This time I’m going to be fighting in my home state, and I’m very excited. My family is going to be there for the first time. The trip is a little long, but that’s part of the job.”
“When I said I didn’t think I had done enough to earn a title shot, it wasn’t because of my confidence or my skills. When I said that, it’s because I’m new in the company. But I think I have the skills to go over there today and fight for the title and fight Jon Jones.”
Teixeira has always struck me as quite a humble character, and with such a diverse skill set he certainly has the base to be a big star.
“My skills and my confidence, I’m ready to fight for the title tomorrow,” Teixeira said. “I’m ready to get the title. If Gustafsson gets hurt – and I hope he doesn’t, I don’t want that for anybody – but I’m always there. If I don’t get hurt in the Ryan Bader fight, I’ll fight Jon Jones.”
He certainly is giving a good account of himself, and an impressive win against Bader could see Teixeira as the next in line for Jones/Gustafsson. But probably Jones.
I’ve always been a Teixeira fan, which is why it is good to see him doing so well on the big platforms. He had some great fights in Shooto and PFC, and he really is a big talent.
The Chuck Liddell product will look to take it to the next level against Bader, and hopefully follow in his mentor’s footsteps and become a UFC champion.