The UFC 275: “Teixeira vs. Prochazka” pay-per-view (PPV) event takes place this weekend (Sat., June 11, 2022) inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, with reigning Light Heavyweight champion, Glover Teixeira, defending his 205-pound title against the top contender and former RIZIN champion, Jiri Prochazka.
Episode two of UFC’s most popular vlog series, “Embedded,” features the arrival of former Strawweight champion, Zhang Weili, and some aerobics from the aforementioned title challenger, Prochazka. However, the installment majorly featured a joint workout between Teixeira and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
While taking a break to sit and chat with the camera crew, the champion reflected a bit on his introduction to the sport.
“My inspirations are Wanderlei [Silva], [Antonio Rodrigo] ‘Minotauro’ [Nogueira] first of all. Minotauro is first. Then comes [Jose] Aldo who’s still going on,” Teixeira said. “Dude, it’s incredible. I remember I used to work landscape and we got a terrible job. We had to clean a thicket at a property in New York. Back then I never thought, I dreamed of, a distant dream. An impossible dream. To become a UFC champion. I used to see Vitor [Belfort], Royce Gracie and think, ‘I’ll do jiu-jitsu and become a UFC champion.’ I started right then. I was very strong. I wanted to fight everyone.”
Teixeira’s professional debut came in June 2002 and he wouldn’t reach the heights of UFC until May 2012, scoring a dominant first round arm-triangle choke submission against Kyle Kingsbury. After amassing a five-fight win streak in the promotion, Teixeira (22-2 at the time) earned his first crack at UFC gold, matched with Jon Jones.
Falling short via unanimous decision in that April 2014 tilt, Teixeira (33-7) returned to contention seven years later at age 42 and made his dreams a reality, defeating Jan Blachowicz via second round rear-naked choke at UFC 267 in Oct. 2021 (watch highlights).
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