Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto Machida, is giving his full vote of confidence to friend and training partner Glover Teixeira to become the next ruler of the highly-competitive 205-pound division.
While it's nothing new to see acquaintances shower each other with praise, "The Dragon" went as far as saying "Hands of Stone" is flat out unstoppable.
And as Teixeira eyes a possible showdown against division kingpin Jon Jones, Machida says "Bones" won't be able to hang with a fighter who can compete as a heavyweight and also claims the Brazilian bomber will put a hurting on any challenger for 25 minutes.
Lyoto's words to MMA Fighting:
"I believe Glover is the next champion. I don't see anyone in the light heavyweight division to stop Glover Teixeira. Not even Jon Jones. We train together for a long time. To do well against him, you really, really need to know what you're doing. He's too strong for this division. He's a heavyweight, and he's durable. He will hurt you for five rounds."
Indeed, a 19-fight win streak (4-0 UFC) for Glover definitely backs Machida's predictions, though some aren't too impressed with the run. Furthermore, his torrid run inside the Octagon during his first year with the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has put everyone on notice, including Jon Jones himself.
Glover, however, must first take care of the business at hand before he competes for the gold as he's all set to collide against Bader tonight (Sept. 4, 2013) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 from Belo, Horizonte, Brazil, which airs on FOX Sports 1 (results here).
And "Darth," for one, is determined to prove Machida, as well as the rest of the MMA community, wrong.