Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender, Glover Teixeira, got back on the winning track after smashing Misha Cirkunov at the UFC on FOX 26 mixed martial arts (MMA) event last weekend in Winnipeg.
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Now that he’s returned to the win column, the Brazilian is mapping out his road to the light heavyweight title, a road that does not detour in London, England, despite delusions of grandeur from power-punching local product Jimi Manuwa.
“Jimi Manuwa lost his last fight,” Teixeira said after Manuwa called for a showdown across the pond. “I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, but Jimi Manuwa right now is in a position to want to fight me in London? Why don’t he come to Brazil and fight me? He’s gonna fight in his backyard and I’m gonna have to fly to London to fight him? C’mon man. It’s like me calling for (Daniel) Cormier after my last loss.”
UFC returns to London in March (details).
Teixeira (27-6) is ranked No. 3 at 205 pounds, a position that is unlikely to change when the updated list comes out later this week. That’s because Alexander Gustafsson and and Volkan Oezdemir are seated ahead of him.
The former stopped G-Tex back in May while the latter is already booked for a title fight.
Manuwa (17-3) is ranked No. 4, just one spot below, so from that perspective, it makes sense to pair Teixeira with “Poster Boy,” though UFC matchmakers will likely take a few weeks to make that decision.
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