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Glover Teixeira blames UFC hype train after kid disappears under mysterious circumstances

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A pair of hard-hitting light heavyweights look to get back into the win column when Glover Teixeira and Misha Cirkunov square off at the upcoming UFC on FOX 26 event on Saturday night (Dec. 16, 2017) inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Just don’t talk about how great they are.

That’s because Teixeira is not a believer in hype, thanks to the violent nature of mixed martial arts (MMA), where one loss (like this one) can leave you washed up, exposed, or never any good to begin with.

From his conversation with Bloody Elbow:

“I don’t much believe in the hype of anything or anybody, not even myself,. I don’t believe those reports like, ‘Oh this guy is going to be the new guy.’ How many times we’ve heard this? How many times have I even thought this myself? Even in the gym, we have people come in who we think, ‘Oh my God, this kid is going to be special. Oh s—t, this kid’s been training for three months and he’s already unbelievable. I can’t imagine him training for fives years.’ And all of a sudden the kid just disappears. The hype is too much. You just have to go in there and prove it. That’s my style. That’s the way I think. You’ve got to prove it every fight.”

Teixeira has some proving to do.

The Brazilian (26-6) is coming off a knockout loss to the resurgent Alexander Gustafsson this past May, the second time he’s come up empty in his previous three trips to the cage. At age 38, it’s now or never.

Cirkunov (13-3), meanwhile, suffered his first loss inside the Octagon when he was knocked out by Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 109, the same night Glover had his clock cleaned by “The Mauler.”

Two men enter, one man leaves. Who ya’ got?

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