Glover Teixeira earned himself a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight title when he put a first round drubbing on Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs Bader in Belo Horizonte, Brazil at the Mineirinho Arena.
For a long time, Teixeira's name had been thrown around as the man to beat the champion, Jon Jones. He possesses one-punch knockout power and world class Jiu Jitsu. The words 'world class' get tossed around a lot in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), but Teixeira's grappling pedigree is legit.
Teixeira recently spoke with MMA Fighting about his bout against the winner of the UFC 165 main event contested between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson this Saturday (Sept. 21, 2013) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. He gave his thoughts on the fight and judging by his words, he's clearly favoring Jones in the matchup.
"I expect this to be a tough fight, but I believe Jones is more complete," he said. "His wrestling and jiu-jitsu are better, and he will win. I believe he will take [Gustafsson] down and finish [the fight]. That's the way I see this fight going."
And while there hasn't been official word by the UFC when his potential bout will happen, Teixeira plans on entering the Octagon to challenge the winner.
"I don't know if the UFC will do that, but the challenge is already made," he said. "There's no place to run. I expect to fight in early 2014, maybe February. I hope it doesn't take too much longer to fight for the title."