Bellator MMA has sprinkled its roster with big name kickboxers from around the world in recent months.
So far, American middleweight Joe Schilling may have made the most impact — scoring what some call the MMA knockout of the year 2014 against another Muay Thai standout, Holland’s Melvin Manhoef.
British welterweight Paul Daley enjoyed a successful Bellator MMA debut back in February, defeating Andre Santos.
This time, it’s a Brazilian: heavyweight Ewerton Teixeira.
Like his countryman, Francisco Filho, Teixeira enjoyed a successful career in Kyokushin karate before moving to the rings of Japan’s kickboxing promotion, K-1. But while Filho plied his trade when K-1 events packed the Tokyo Dome, Teixeira has sadly been left out of the spotlight.
From 2008-2009, Teixeira earned wins over two other veterans of K-1’s golden age: Musashi and Jerome Le Banner. Along the way, Teixeira won the K-1 Japan Grand Prix in Fukuoka.
In 2010, he fought recent GLORY heavyweight title challenger Errol Zimmerman, and earned a unanimous decision victory.
“Teixeira is a fighter that hasn’t gotten the attention or the credit that he deserves over the years,” Dave Walsh wrote in LiverKick.com, “considering that he was a K-1 mainstay and was involved in three K-1 World Grand Prix tournaments before FEG’s K-1 dissolved into thin air.”
Teixeira began switching over to Mixed Martial Arts in 2012, and is 3-0 in a young MMA career — with all of his bouts in small shows in his native Brazil.
Here’s video of Teixeira’s win over Zimmerman: