VIDEO | Huge Crowd Welcomes New UFC Champion Glover Teixeira Back Home

Glover Teixeira

Newly minted undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira received a hero’s welcome to his residence in Danbury, Connecticut this week following his return from Abu Dhabi, UAE — after handing light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz a stunning second round submission defeat to clinch the title.

Teixeira, who challenged for the light heavyweight title for the second time following a unanimous decision loss to former two-time gold holder, Jon Jones back in 2014, managed to scoop the title at the second time of asking — submitting Blachowicz with a second round rear-naked choke in a largely dominant and straightforward win for the veteran.

Turning 42-years-old last Thursday, Teixeira became the second-oldest champion in the history of the promotion, only behind former heavyweight and light heavyweight best, Randy Couture by stopping Polish finisher, Blachowicz.

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Glover Teixeira receives hero’s welcome in return to Danbury, Connecticut following UFC title win

Now in the midst of an incredible six-fight winning streak, Teixeira returned to Danbury, Connecticut following his successful foray to ‘Fight Island’ — where he received a hero’s welcome with fans and friends chanting in Portuguese and sporting Brazilian flags in Teixeira’s honor

The Minas Gerais native joins reigning lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira and two-weight gold holder, Amanda Nunes as the other Brazilian champion’s currently under the promotion’s banner — with both set to put their titles on the line next month at UFC 269 in the final pay-per-view event of the year.

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Despite just clinching the title last weekend, a contender to Teixeira’s newly earned throne has already emerged, in the form of one-time Rizin FF light heavyweight champion, the #2 ranked, Jiri Prochazka.

Czech Republic finisher, Prochazka served as an official backup to the light heavyweight title main event between Blachowicz and Teixeira last Saturday — successfully making championship weight at Friday’s weigh-ins. 

Prochazka is currently 2-0 in the UFC since his move to the organization last year, stopping Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 261 in July last annum — before lodging a Knockout of the Year contender against Dominick Reyes in a May headliner — which earned him a second straight Performance of the Night bonus.