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Glover Teixeira reflects on UFC career - ‘I thought I would be the champion by now’

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Teixeira vs Evans Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Glover Teixeira has seen it all throughout his five years competing under UFC rule. From earning a title shot opposite Jon Jones to getting knocked out cold by Anthony Johnson in just 13 seconds, the Brazilian power puncher has experienced the highs and lows of a UFC light heavyweight contender. Before Teixeira tries to build on his second UFC title run tomorrow afternoon (Sun., May 28, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 109 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm, Sweden, when he takes on Alexander Gustafsson, the 37-year-old put some time aside to reflect on his promotional tenure.

“It’s good. I like it, I like it,” said Teixeira in a recent interview with “I mean, I thought I would be the champion by now, but life take a different ways and you’ve gotta keep going forward and you keep working hard and get that dream to come true.

“I’m glad that things are like that and I’m glad that I’m here – still fighting and still fighting towards my dream, man.”

After Teixeira lost to “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 202, he rebounded nicely with a decision win over Jared Cannonier at UFC 208 this past February. As someone who has dealt with adversity inside of the cage and within the divisional rankings, Teixeira understands how big it is to be headlining UFC Fight Night 109 this weekend in Sweden.

“It means a lot for me,” said Teixeira. “I think this fight is going to open the door for a title shot; this is the fight. It makes sense when No. 2 and No. 3 guys in the world are fighting and the other guys – Jones and Cormier – are fighting. The winner of this fight will get the title fight, right?”

If Teixeira is able to stop Gustafsson on Swedish soil and prove that he is ready for another run at UFC gold, the Brazilian may get the chance to fight for the title early next year. After all, the division is screaming for top contenders after this guy left and this guy retired. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 109 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 11 a.m. ET, before the main card start time at 1 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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