Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis Confirmed as UFC 179 Co-Main Event

August 2, 2014
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Phil Davis at UFC 117Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis is set for UFC 179. UFC officials on Saturday confirmed the bout, announcing that it would serve as the co-main event for the Oct. 25 event in Rio de Janeiro.

Teixeira earlier this week said that his manager told him Davis would be his next fight, but the UFC had not announced the bout at that point.

“My manager called me yesterday confirming the fight to Maracanazinho,” Teixeira told Brazilian outlet PVT on Friday. “It’s going to be awesome to fight in Brazil again, in Rio de Janeiro. I’m really happy, training a lot.

“Fighting Phil Davis is going to be really good. He’s popular in Brazil because he already fought and defeated some Brazilians. Now it’s time to prove myself and start to climb the ladder again. I will train hard and fight hard. I want to fight for the title again next year.”

The bout will be Teixeira’s (22-3) first since his failed attempt to win the belt from Jon Jones ended a 20-fight winning streak. Teixeira and Jones went the full five rounds, but the champion won a unanimous decision.

Teixeira will look to work his way back into the title picture by facing the highly touted Davis, who is looking to make a rebound of his own.

Davis (12-2, 1 NC) was on the cusp of a title shot after stringing together victories over Wagner Prado, Vinny Magalhaes, and former champ Lyoto Machida. His title aspirations were snuffed out by a red-hot Anthony Johnson on the same UFC 172 card.

UFC 179 features featherweight champion Jose Aldo putting his belt on the line in a rematch with Chad Mendes at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio.

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  • TwiangleChoke

    Glover’s going to get double-legged into oblivion.

    • jorge anguiano

      yeah seems like it’s gonna be a decision hump fest by phil davis

    • Lucas Freire

      I don’t know…Glover has the punching power and wrestling skills to make Davis suffer…a lot.
      Not as much as Rumble did, but a good amount of it. lol

      Davis biggest chance to get a title shot was his fight against Rashad Evans, he lost. Now I find it very hard for him to get to the top3 of the division.

  • ueud

    What? I thought Rumble was going to fight Glover next.

    • deepgrim

      alot of people want the glover rumble fight? only prob is that if glover beats rumble they have lost there only other contender at 205. phil davis is a tough enough match up but should be a win for glover. I would like to see rashad v rumble but i dont think they can make that fight.

    • brad king

      rumble has nothing for glover right now but soon