Does Glover Teixeira Really Deserve The Next Shot At Jon Jones?


News broke earlier this morning that UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones would not be facing Alexander Gustafsson in their perceived immediate rematch, but rather Glover Teixeira on the UFC’s traditional Super Bowl Weekend card.

In moving ahead with Jones’ desire to face another challenger after deciphering that he beat Gustafsson handily, the UFC has definitely ruffled some feathers. Many still believe that ‘Gus’ was robbed of the title at UFC 165 in Toronto, but many others think that the right decision was made. Regardless, the fight was a classic battle that deserves to be run once again, and most thought it would immediate.

However, Teixeira is booked for the bout, and Gustafsson fans will have to wait. Some believe that Jones is running from the man who can finally match him inside the Octagon, others think that he is simply moving onto his next challenge. Teixeira is a great fighter who deserves to fight for the belt at some point, but is that point right now?

I’d have to say no. Let’s take a look at why Teixeira should take a backseat to the impressive fight that Gustafsson brought to Jones last weekend.

True, Teixeira has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut back at UFC 146 in May 2012. He’s gone undefeated since then, dispatching five straight opponents in the Octagon. The run brought his win streak to a lofty 19 fights. But just how good has his competition been in the UFC?

He submitted Kyle Kingsbury in his UFC debut. Kingsbury has shown flashes of a proficient Muay Thai game at times, but he wasn’t a contender. Still, Teixeira wasn’t expected to fight a top opponent in his initial bout. So he moved on to face Fabio Maldonado at last October’s UFC 153. Maldonado is an insanely tough boxer who ate an incredible amount of punishment from Teixeira before the doctor called off the bout. The fact is, Maldonado sits with a rather unimpressive 2-3 record in the UFC, but he still tagged Teixeira with a dangerous left hook while Teixeira stood directly in front of him.

From there, Teixeira faced off with a rather past-his-prime Quinton ‘Rampage ‘ Jackson at UFC On FOX 6. Teixeira dominated once again by showing good offensive boxing and using his excellent Brazilian Jiu-jitsu skills to own ‘Rampage’ on the ground. Still, Teixeira showed little to no head movement and ate just about every jab that Jackson flicked his way.

His next fight against James Te Huna at UFC 160 was a showcase of his skills. Teixeira won the fight with a first round guillotine. Te Huna’s an underrated talent, actually possessing a nice 5-2 record in the Octagon. However, his wins haven’t really been against top talent. When he faced top fighters like Teixeira and Gustafsson, he’s been choked out.

That brings us to his latest bout against Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 earlier this month. ‘Darth’ brought the fight to Teixeira, and hit him with some huge shots in the process. Teixeira appeared to just let Bader hit him in order to eventually land his own shots, and somehow it paid off. Despite nearly getting dropped, Teixeira benefited from Bader’s fatal flaw of rushing in with his guard down. Teixeira ultimately scored the knockout victory, but it could have gone the other way at any point.

It’s hard to knock Teixeira because he is a great talent. He’s undefeated at 5-0 in the UFC Light Heavyweight division. He’s an accomplished grappler with an ADCC title to his name. And he’s a Chuck Liddell-trained product that hasn’t lost since early 2005.

But does all that add up to a win over Jones? Even though Jones showed that he was painfully human in defeating Gustafsson last Saturday, I’m not entirely sold on the prospect. Teixeira has shown to be way too lackadaisical in allowing his opponents to hit him during his UFC tenure. His talent can make up for a lot of that behavior, but it’s not going to be like that against Jones. Part of Gustafsson’s success was his excellent movement, and his pace noticeably fell during the championship rounds, allowing Jones to pick up much-needed points.

Teixeira just doesn’t have that movement to begin with. His plodding style would be perfect for Jones’ highly diverse, range-based striking style. Are you really going to beat ‘Bones’ by standing right in front of him while he picks you apart with his kicks? I don’t think so, and I’d have to say that Gustafsson stands a better chance of obtaining the belt at this point in time.

Is Jones afraid of fighting Gustafsson once again? It’s hard to say, but he did almost finish the talented Swede in Toronto. But regardless of the answer to that question, it’s almost certain that Teixeira provides a less dynamic challenge for Jones’ next trip to the Octagon. Do you think the UFC made the right choice, or was Gustafsson slighted after the fight of his life?

Outer Photo: Jason Silva, USA TODAY Sports

  • noup… He hasnt beat anyone that is a real threat to the belt… he will go down easily and Jones will now say that he was 100%… Bones's feelins scared…

    • Who has anyone beat that would be considered a real threat to the belt (Jones) only Gus is the known threat to Jones, and so far only Phil Davis has beaten Gus. So by your logic the only way someone could earn a title shot is if they beat Gus.

      • All good points dont know why you got weaked. But Ill back you up and add some more red.

        • i think dana is dis regarding one of the best talent in the ufc in the LHW which is gegard musasi. I think he's got the tool to defeat jon jones.

      • Davis vs Tex for #1 contender

    • Glover vs Gustafsson should put an end to this debate.

    • Agreed. Bones is definitely scared of Gus. If they rematched for their next fight they would both try to make adjustments. But Jones is afraid that it's possible Gus would make better adjustments. Or he's afraid of Gus improving more than himself in the next 6 months or however long till they would fight. He's afraid because he doesn't know if Gus will have him figured out if they meet soon. And Bones wants a couple easy fights first, so he has time to watch Gus fight once or twice as well. And see where his progress is. Bones had to watch that fight 10 times in order to tell himself he won convincingly. He really must think he's above other humans and that fight made his world come crashing down. I can't believe he wore that shirt. "Not quite human."

  • There was an awful lot of people that said the Mauler didn't deserve his shot at Jones.

    • D

      They had no argument. Gustaffson had multiple top 10 wins. Texeira has zero. There's no comparison.

  • Personally I believe Chuck Liddell had alot to do with helping Glover secure the next shot. The UFC can hype a glover fight just as much as a Gustaffson rematch. Before you know it Glover will be the meanest baddest man on the planet at least according to Dana White.

    One week after the Gus fight and people are thinking more rationally now….It wasn't surprising people were calling for an immediate rematch in the heat of the moment.

  • Gus beat a guy in the top 5 first. It'd be nice from a sporting perspective had Glover done that, but meh. That's obviously not that important anymore.

    Just to answer the title; it doesn't matter. The UFC can make a case for anybody on a streak in any division.

    • Also, if it came down to him and Alex there should be a rematch. It makes the most money for everybody involved, and put Glover in against (Evans/Sonnen/Henderson/CORMIER) for the #1 contender spot.

      But they gave it to Glover. Cool for him, but not exactly good for everybody else.

  • Glover is 32, so not giving him the shot now could really limit his future, win or lose.

    interesting that "70%" Jones is fighting so soon again. He made it sound like he was rushed into this fight, so I'm surprised he's back at it this quick

  • Sure he does. He is a bad dude. If Chuck says it and he handed Rampage a war… Why not see him against Bones?

  • Glover has more wins in a row then most guys have total. And he's ranked #2, I don't care for the rankings much but people always complain when a lower ranked guy gets a shot, now the guys whos next in line gets it and they still complain.

  • Of course he does and it would be ridiculous if Dana pulled the title fight with him after he already announced to the world he was next in line. I'm glad he kept his word to texira, yes it was a great fight but Gus should wait, and get his shot sometime next year. It's also uncommon for a challenger to get a title rematch regardless how close the fight was.

  • Texira was tagged by every jab Rampage threw? Lol! What horrible article, clearly not the case and maybe the writer needed to rematch the fight

  • All those thinking gus was robbed aren't fans, they're haters.

    All those saying Jones is scared are probably the sort who **** their pants and leg it when there's some aggro kicking off.

    As for Glover Jones, I do recall some comments saying Jones was scared of this guy not so long ago now he is fighting him next.

    haters gonna hate.

  • I don't think Teixeira should be fighting Jones but I don't really want to see an immediate rematch either. There have been too many in rapid succession.

  • gm1

    It was a very good fight between Jon & Gus but to say an immediate rematch is premature. General protocol is the next guy in line gets a shot. There is no doubt they will meet again since they are the two youngest guys in the division…