In his "Knockout of The Night" performance, Glover Teixeira bounced back from the brink of defeat and finished Ryan Bader after landing a lethal combination that dropped The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season eight winner, earning him the next shot at either Jon Jones or Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight championship (watch highlights here).
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So, what's next for Glover Teixeira?
Well, this one is obvious. At the post-fight press conference, it was confirmed that Teixeira's performance over Bader earned him the next crack at the light heavyweight championship, challenging the winner of either "Bones" or "The Mauler," who slug it out at UFC 165.
The Brazilian scored a technical knockout win over "Darth" and apart from raising the question of if he deserves a title shot, it is better to look at how he would perform against Jones, who by his own admission, would be his first choice in his next fight.
Jones responded and said he was not overly impressed with the Bader win.
Granted, he has a point.
Having 20 straight wins -- five in UFC -- is good enough by anyone's standard when it comes to earning title shots. However, Teixeira performed slower than Bader, was eating too many punches for his own liking and he was not exactly looking as dominant as a title contender should look.
Imagine the reach of Jones or Gustafsson toying with Teixeira, who had trouble adjusting to someone who is not exactly the most versatile stand-up fighter. The former TUF guy is somewhat tight in his stance, stocky and possesses your average wrestler-turned-boxer style of striking. Jones' wrestling alone would be a nightmare for Teixeira and Gustafsson's use of angles and his tricky footwork could be used to pick apart Teixiera on the feet, too.
Bader almost had Teixeira finished, and had he fought someone less reckless -- who would have waited to prowl his opponent and not blow his load right away with that right hand -- it may not have ended in glory for the Brazilian.
It is the easiest option for the UFC brass to put Teixeira in a title fight. As a matter of fact, it is the only option.
Lyoto Machida cannot get it, as he just lost to Phil Davis. And "Mr. Wonderful" has apparently not done enough to get one. Rashad Evans would have been used as a good selling point for a rematch, although being 1-1 in his last two fights and officially set to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 167, it leaves him out.
Finally, if Antonio Rogerio Nogueira got the title shot, it would have been fun to just sit back and watch the fan outrage, but in all seriousness, he does not deserve it. Yet all these men would have been a good fight for Teixeira before his title shot. Literally, all of them. Although when you take a minute to think about it, the list of worthy light heavyweights has just been ran down.
Is there anyone left?
Call it a conspiracy (or perhaps a mere observation), but the UFC's 205-pound division has not been the most consistent weight class before Jones, having five different champions holding the belt in a course of three years dating back to 2007. It could be that UFC is giving Teixeira this shot not to build up the division, but to show there are emerging contenders, when the reality is, nobody is expected to give Jones a tough enough challenge.
There just aren't that many threats when you look at the roster (without taking too much away from Gustafsson).
Giving Teixeira the title shot could be a simple business decision and that seems to be the norm with title fights these days. Shame on us if he wins that fight, yet it seems a little too rushed based on the scare Teixeira faced in his performance.
Either that, or because he's all who's left at the moment.