Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Glover Teixiera has quickly climbed the ranks in the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, and while he would do almost anything to reach the top, there is one man he's not willing to go through to get there.
That man is good friend and training partner Lyoto Machida.
Some fighters just have a certain bond that makes them not want to compete against one another. And while Teixeira said he would have no problem fighting any one else he trains with, "The Dragon" is a special exception.
"I have no problem fighting someone I train with," Teixeira said in a recent interview with Sherdog. "I train with many of the fighters in my division, and I'm friends with most of them. I love [Antonio] Rogerio [Nogueira] and "Feijao," and if I had the choice, I would rather not face them. In Lyoto's case, it goes beyond that. I've been in Belem several times to help him train. I always stay at his home with his family, with his wife and children, so we really cannot fight. It's curious that we beat up each other every day in training, dangerously trying to knock out the other, but my goal is to help him. I cannot see myself getting in the Octagon to knock out Lyoto."
Considering the current landscape of the UFC 205-pound weight class , it would seem the No. 1 ranked contender Machida and the No. 4 ranked contender Teixeira on a collision course.
Both men have aspirations of one day wearing UFC gold, but Teixeira would be willing to take a back seat if Machida gets there first and says he would move up to the heavyweight divison to avoiding fighting his Brazilian countrymen, and Machida would drop down to middleweight if the roles were reversed.
"The belt belongs to Jones now, and Machida will probably have the chance to face him before me," Teixeira said. "If he wins, I would rather move to the heavyweight division than face him. If I face Jones first and beat him, Lyoto would drop down to middleweight."
Teixeira last competed at UFC 160 in May where he picked up a quick first-round submission win over James Te Huna. The 33-year-old won't have to worry about the potential of fighting Machida any time soon, as it was recently announced he will next face Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX Sports 1 #3 next September.