Glover Teixeira continued his tear through the UFC light heavyweight division with a dominant first-round TKO victory over Ryan Bader in the main event at UFC Fight Night 28 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Wednesday night.
Bader immediately went in looking for the takedown, but Teixeira took control in the clinch. Back on the feet, Bader was able to rock Teixeira, landing shots with the Brazilian backed against the cage, but a right hand followed by a left hook dropped Bader and Teixeira finished off the fight with ground and pound.
“He was able to give me a punch to make me fall back down, but I knew exactly what was happening,” Teixeira said. “I was able to use that as an opportunity for me.
“I knew as he knocked me down that he was going to come with his guard open and going to try and submit me, but that was the opportunity I used, and that’s why I gave him the strong one in between his arms. That’s when I was able to end the fight.”
After his 20th straight win overall and fifth straight in the UFC, Teixeira admitted that he was disappointed in the performance, but guaranteed he will one day win the UFC belt.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight. It disappointed me that he was able to knock me down and I’m going to train more so I can get there,” he stated.
“This belt is going to be mine. I think one of my problems was that I just had too much self-confidence; it was a good wake up call.”
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