Title Shot Potential Gives Glover Teixeira Added Motivation Heading into UFC Fight Night 28

September 4, 2013
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Glover Teixeira at UFC on Fox 6 6197-478x270Fighting in your hometown in the main event with title shot implications may sound like a lot of pressure, but UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira views it as mere added motivation.

Teixteira takes on Ryan Bader in the UFC Fight Night 28 main event on Wednesday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  Leading up to the event, Bader has stated that all the pressure is on Teixeira, but that’s the way Teixeira likes it.

“I like it actually. It’s going to pump me up more so that I can fight better,” said Teixeira on Tuesday following the weigh-ins. “I feel great. I’m fighting in my hometown and I get to see all the fans cheering for me.”

UFC president Dana White has said that if Teixeira wins on Wednesday, he’ll likely be next in line for a title shot against the winner of the fight between champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, who fight at UFC 165 on Sept. 21.  On a 19-fight winning streak and undefeated in his four UFC appearances, the Brazilian is extra motivated by the title shot possibility.

“Of course I’m very excited when (Dana White) says that. I want to get the title shot and it motivates me a little more,” he said.  “Bader is a good competitor. He’s been fighting Top 10 fighters for a long time, he’s The Ultimate Fighter champion and he’s a big name, so it feels good.”

We’ll see how Teixeira responds in his first headlining bout in the UFC and the added pressures on Wednesday.  He enters the fight as a heavy betting lines favorite.

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  • ZZtoppppp

    I say Bader by submission in round 2. Texeira will come out and pick him apart in round 1 like everyone expects. When round 2 starts Bader will start throwing bombs and clip texeira but not knock him out, then he will pounce and grab a guillotine or rear naked.

  • JohnQ

    Texiera has “Almost” proven himself in the UFC. But don’t see how beating a guy whose been a little off his game the last few fights earns him a title shot.

    • Mike

      It’s cause of his long win streak and the way he fights. Also he will sell PPV with Jones

  • Is anyone interested in seeing Bader vs Jones again? I have Glover Tex on this. Bader has made improvements but Glover has crisp boxing, wrestling and BJJ. He’s on a real tear and if he comes in shape it could be a bad night for Bader. I don’t want to count him out he has a long future ahead of him.

  • Triggerman99

    I just don’t buy into Glover Teixera. He seems like a decent fighter, but everyone has been trying to crown him as the next big thing since he first came into the UFC, and all I’ve seen from him so far is fringe top-10 material. He’s looked average in every UFC fight so far, but after every fight he continues to get portrayed as the next big thing. I just don’t get it.