Glover Teixeira is a rare case of skill and talent getting overshadowed by a mythological hype brought on simply by other fighters refusing to accept a bout against him.
And we're not just talking about the low end curtain jerkers in the light heavyweight division. We're talking about the elite of the weight class.
Both Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans, two former 205-pound champions, refused to fight him. They both had their reasons -- legitimate ones, too -- but because of their refusal, fans who may not have been privy to the Teixeira hype train are now on board it.
There's reason to believe he's as good as advertised. While it took until he was 32-years-old to finally make his way to the UFC, he's 18-2 in his career and hasn't lost since 2005. 16 of his 18 wins are finishes and he obliterated the durable Kyle Kingsbury in his Octagon debut, jitters be damned.
Now, he's found a taker in Fabio Maldonado, who didn't even hesitate to accept the chance to derail the train going full speed at his face. He'll get the chance later tonight (Sat., Oct. 13, 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the main card of UFC 153.
You believing the hype, Maniacs?