Glover Teixeira had a lot of hype surrounding him coming into the UFC, and the Brazilian has managed to live up to the high expectations, racking up four consecutive wins inside the Octagon.
Only one of his opponents, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, has been able to go the distance against the rising light-heavyweight star.
Teixeira (21-2-0, 12 KOs) was particularly impressive during his last outing against James Te Huna, ending the New Zealander’s four-fight win streak via guillotine choke at the 2:28 mark of the first round of their UFC 160 encounter.
With every win inside the Octagon, Glover’s confidence continues to grow. He even feels that he’s now ready to dethrone current light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
“I am very confident,” Teixeira stated (per MMAJunkie.com). “If my next fight was against Jones, for sure I would go in to win. I give myself a 99 percent chance [of winning].”
Obviously, as impressive as Glover has been inside the Octagon, he still needs to rack up a few more wins against top contenders in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division before he becomes a legitimate contender. Given his friendship with former champion Lyoto Machida, that bout is off the table even though the latter is currently ranked first in the 205-pound division on the UFC’s official rankings.
“I would not fight against Lyoto. He’s a great friend,” Teixeira explained. “I wouldn’t even think about it.”
Teixeira also ruled out the possibility of a fight against Chael Sonnen, but for a completely different reason.
“He [Sonnen] likes to talk a lot to sell his fights. I think he’s doing the right thing since he doesn’t fight so well,” Teixeira said. “I do think he has good wrestling, but lately he hasn’t been fighting so well. And he had two shots at a belt because he talks a lot. I don’t think he’s a bad guy. If I fought him, he’d be tough to beat. But, right now, since he’s coming off two losses, I have zero interest in fighting him.”
So who exactly is Glover Teixeira interested in fighting?
Well, he’s doesn’t mind squaring off against the winner of the Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans UFC 160 headliner, and Ryan Bader is also on his radar.
I’m not sure a win against Bader will solidify Teixeira’s case for a title shot, but a fight against the winner of the Henderson vs. Evans bout sounds like a good idea. A win against either man would legitimatize his status as one of the top five light-heavyweights in the UFC right now, and it just might be enough to earn him a crack at the title.