by Adam Martin
It’s official: Glover Teixeira will be the next man to get a crack at the UFC light heavyweight title.
Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader via first-round KO in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28, which took place on Wednesday night in Belo Hortizonte, Brazil, and at the evening’s post-fight press conference it was confirmed by UFC Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik that Teixeira is next in line to fight the winner of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, which takes place later this month at UFC 165.
According to Zelaznik, UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva were the ones who made the decision to give Teixeira the next title shot over the likes of Phil Davis, Daniel Cormier, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans, as they feel he is without a doubt the next man in line.
Teixeira earned his crack at the belt after going 5-0 so far in the UFC: a KO win over Bader, a submission win over James Te Huna, a decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, a TKO win over Fabio Maldonado and a submission win over Kyle Kingsbury. The 33-year-old Teixeira is currently 22-2 in his career and he is riding a 20-fight win streak, which is one of the longest winning streaks in the entire sport.
Although many fans and media don’t believe that Teixeira possesses the threats necessary to beat Jones, they could be in for a surprise when/if the two fight (don’t forget Gustafsson can still win the title) as Teixeira is arguably the most well-rounded fighter in the division besides Jones with his powerful striking, nifty submission game and underrated wrestling. In a sport where fighters throw bombs with little four-once gloves on, you never know what can happen.
Even if you don’t think he’ll win it, Teixeira has certainly earned his chance to compete for the title and you can guarantee he will be 100 percent focused and prepared when he fights for the belt sometime in early 2014.
What are your thoughts?