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Ewerton Teixeira, World Class Kickboxer, Signs to Bellator MMA

Ewerton Teixeira, World Class Kickboxer, Signs to Bellator MMA

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.

Ewerton Teixeira signs with Bellator.

Ewerton Teixeira signs with Bellator.

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:

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