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Glover Teixeira: We need to support Daniel Cormier as champion, hopes he defeats Jon Jones in rematch

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The Brazilian is an eager observer of a pending title clash between "DC" and "Bones."

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Most mixed martial arts (MMA) pundits expect reinstated former pound-for-pound star Jon Jones to be gifted an immediate shot at the Light Heavyweight belt he was stripped of last April, which now sits around the waist of his rival Daniel Cormier.

Not all are happy about "Bones" leap-frogging the well-behaved 205-pound pecking order ... especially this guy.

However, there is past No. 1 contender, Glover Teixeira, who was happy to see "DC" retain his title against Alexander Gustafsson last month (highlights) and is cheering for the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) leader in a potential rematch Jones.

He said as much during a recent interview with MMAmania.com:

"We see Daniel Cormier show the skills, man. He beat Anthony Johnson, he beat [Alexander] Gustafsson. He's a good champion and I believe him and Jones is going to be a good fight. We have to support him as champion. He's got the championship mentality. It could be a different fight with Jones [now]. I believe that he could beat Jones. To tell you the truth, I hope he beats Jon Jones because my style with Cormier would be a great fight. I would love to fight Cormier. I like the guy as a person. Every time I see the guy, he's incredible. I just like the match up. Me and Cormier, we're bangers and he's a wrestler. We're going to throw bombs. It would be a great fight."

Cormier's intentions aren't exactly clear and he may take time off following his third fight in the span of 10 months, but if Jones can continue to coax him into a tussle (legal or illegal), then perhaps fans will get to see a grudge match between the pair sooner.

Or maybe we'll have to until April so we can catch their potential rumble in "The Big Apple."

The 36-year-old champ doesn't sound too keen on the idea of allowing Jones to have home-field advantage in a future bout, for which the latter is clearly ready.

Unfortunately, the pending Octagon dance between Cormier and Jones is out of Teixeira's control. His focus lies on turning away No. 9-ranked Patrick Cummins in their UFC Fight Night 77 co-main event battle inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this Saturday night (Nov. 7, 2015).

For more on the UFC Fight Night 77: "Belfort vs. Henderson 3" card and click here. Be sure to also look out for my complete interview with Teixeira later this week at MMAmania.com.