MMA veteran Glover Teixeira is set to take on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s current light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones on April 26 at UFC 172.
Despite the fact Jones has successfully defended his title every single time he’s stepped inside the Octagon, Glover isn’t just certain he’ll emerge victorious when the two MMA fighters lock horns at UFC 172, the Brazilian is confident he’ll be the first man to ever knock Jones out.
“I mean he’s the champion, but I believe in my skills,” Teixeira said during an appearance on Inside MMA “I believe that April 26, I’m going to go in there and knock this guy out.”
Glover will certainly have his work cut out for him when he squares up against Jones, given Bones’ long reach and excellent wrestling skills. However, Alexander Gustafsson was able to frustrate Jon with his boxing during the UFC light-heavyweight champion’s last outing, a fight a decent amount of MMA fans scored in the Swede’s favor, so Glover will likely try to utilize a similar game plan.
It sure is a lot easier said than done though, given the fact Jones has been able to put every single opponent he has faced inside the Octagon on the canvas. Bones is clearly one of the best wrestlers in mixed martial arts right now, regardless of his struggles during his UFC 165 tilt with Gustafsson, meaning the odds of Teixeira being able to keep the fight standing aren’t that good.
MMA fans should be in for another entertaining battle when these two headline the UFC 172 fight card. The man who emerges victorious on April 26 will then defend the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light-heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson later in the year.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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