Glover Teixeira Not Worried About Being No. 1 or Fighting for the UFC Belt Just Yet

January 27, 2013
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Glover Teixeira vs Rampage Jackson at UFC on Fox 6It took Glover Teixeira much longer than the average fighter to make his way to the UFC, but now that he’s arrived, the 33-year-old is quickly laying down roots in the Octagon.

He further cemented his place among the light heavyweight elite with Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 6 domination of former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

In every facet of the game, Teixeira dominated, eventually scoring a unanimous decision victory. It was the Brazilian’s 18thconsecutive victory overall, and third straight in the Octagon, but by far his most important.

Despite being nearly the same age, Teixeira holds Jackson in high regard, and couldn’t have been more excited to fight, and beat, the man he has looked up to for many years.

“I’m a big fan of Quinton Jackson,” Teixeira said on the Fuel TV post-fight show. “I told him, he’s my idol. And he said, ‘Now I’m your fan. Go get em. Go and be a champion.’”

With such an impressive winning streak, coupled with his UFC trifecta, Teixeira, alongside Alexander Gustaffson and Strikeforce transplant Gegard Mousasi, are among the top contenders to the light heavyweight throne.

Teixeira is a realist, however, knowing that he doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines waiting for possibilities, and wants to be ready when the possibility becomes a reality. He wants to jump right back in the Octagon and stay busy. Now that he’s in the UFC, he wants to fight, not wait.

Asked if he now considered himself to be the No. 1 contender in the division, Teixeira made no bones about his answer.

“No, that’s not my job (to determine),” he said. “No. 1 contender now is Chael Sonnen. You gotta respect that and let him see what’s happening. I think Chael is a good fighter, but I believe that Jon (Jones) is going to keep the title.”

Jones and Sonnen, currently the coaches on the latest run of The Ultimate Fighter, will square off in the UFC 159 headliner this April in New Jersey. And UFC president Dana White has already declared that if Dan Henderson defeats Lyoto Machida in the UFC 157 co-main event in late February, he will be next up for the Jones vs. Sonnen winner.

That’s an element that factors heavily into Teixeira’s thinking when asked if he wanted to fight the winner of Jones and Sonnen, especially with the possibility that Henderson could already be waiting in the wings ahead of him.

“No, because it’s gonna take too long. I want to fight before that.”

It’s a good position for Teixeira to be in.

Yes, he’s won all three UFC bouts. Yes, his 18-fight consecutive winning streak stretches back nearly seven years, when he was fighting in the pre-Zuffa WEC.

But Teixeira is now under the brightest spotlight around, and the current champion is considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, not just the best at 205. If Teixeira wants to topple him, he needs his game to be dialed in to perfection.

He’s been fantastic thus far, but fighting Jon Jones is a whole different beast than fighting Fabio Maldonado or Rampage Jackson.

To have a chance of toppling Jon Jones, Glove Teixeira will need to be the best he’s ever been, and to do that, he needs to fight, and that’s exactly what he plans to do.

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  • RTS

    I hope Denny Swain and Chris Weidman read this. Maybe they’ll learn something.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      Yea, you have to love Glover. He’ll keep fighting until he’s named the true number 1 guy in line for that title. Very respectable. Especially since he has over 20 fights to his record. That’s plenty of fights to start making some noise.

      • John Bunch

        Agreed! I can’t have more respect for this guy. Doing it the right way, remaining humble, admitting he has room to grow and that he’s still as much a fan as we all are when facing a fighter he has long idolized. My buddy was telling me last night he’s not impressed because he had Rampage rocked in the second and couldn’t finish him. But it was a good all around performance imo, and he did what he needed to do to easily win the fight.

        • kingkongbundy

          I have to agree with your buddy.

          Rampage is not exactly in his prime. He is sluggish, his timing is not as good as before, and he seems to have difficulty making the weight cut. We are not exactly dealing with Rampage that KOed Chuck.

          Having said that, what I do take of Glover’s performance? It was good but I wouldn’t say impressive.

          He beat Rampage each round but did not dominate Rampage the way Shogun or Wandy did back in PRIDE.

          Even if he had dominated Rampage, there is still a question as to where in the LHW division Rampage currently stands.

        • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

          Even though he did have Rampage hurt; people have to remember you don’t just hurt and finish a guy like Rampage. It was a great fight, they both were beat from taking damage. Who do you think Glover should go up against next?

        • Hugh Shakeshaft

          Glover’s chin is concrete. He took some big lefts from Rampage somehow. That said, his movement and striking are clearly not at the level of Gustaavson. Reflect on the beating Rua took. Uncle Chael’s getting his title shot at 205 because he did as he was told and took a dive in Silva Sonnen 2. Plain and simple quid quo pro. I think Gus deserves a shot before Hendo. All Hendo’s got on Bones is a lucky H-Bomb. Glover needs to finish somebody like Rashaad, but that won’t happen. Rashaad still stands as the No 1 contender in my eyes.

      • Mark McDowall

        Regardless of if he beats everyone out there will still be the fanboys out there that claim that since the moon was partially full, and Jupiter was aligned with Mercury that someone else deserves the shot instead, lol.

    • Mark McDowall

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Its very refreshing to see a fighter win a fight and then NOT go find any idiot with a camera and tell them how much they deserve a title shot.

      Glover’s next fight needs to be against a top 10 opponent, maybe Bader?, then top 5 and so on.

  • octawhat

    Glover is a tough guy – but he isn’t going to beat Jones.

    I think he realizes that, and needs a few more fights against top 10 opponents to season himself before he goes for the freak athlete that is Jon Jones.

    Rampage is a tough guy, but he’s almost turning into a Roy Nelson esq fighter, where his chin keeps him in fights that most fighters would have been knocked out of.

    I think retirement is a good place for Rampage. He should use his fame to go into the WWE, and make some money on the downside of his career without the risk of getting ko’ed by beasts.

    All fighters get old – there is no shame in that. However, sadly a fighter often doesn’t want to accept that reality.

    • Mark McDowall

      I think he realizes the level of competition in the UFC is vastly superior to anything he has ever faced before. He is going to get better every fight! His next couple fights will be interesting.

  • bmc92

    glover v vitor possibly?? be a great fight id say. still id rather vitor fight weidman for a shot at anderson!!