Glover Teixeira will be watching UFC 165 very closely, since he’s supposed to fight the winner of Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson. The rising fighter and #2 ranked light-heavyweight secured his title shot at UFC FN 28, by stopping Ryan Bader. The win was Teixeira’s 20th straight. Now that’s a winning streak.
Despite Gustafsson’s remarkable run and impressive ability to beat up opponents, most fans and pundits are expecting Jones will remain champ after their September 21st bout. But what if Gustafsson shocks the MMA world with a win? While speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio, here’s what Teixeira had to say about an upset scenario, and how it could affect his schedule.
“I want to stay busy,” Teixeira said. “I want to fight [Jones]. He’s the bigger name, and he’s been champion for a while. If Gustafsson beats this guy, I’ll be happy for him, too, as long as I get to fight him. Or if they have a rematch, I’d like to fight some top contender and keep myself busy. I’m healthy, and I can’t be losing time.”
Wow. Not every fighter is willing to risk their title shot. Teixeira did note, however, that he expects Jones will win and believes the star might look to take the bout to the ground. The well rounded fighter added:
“It might be ground and pound, or maybe a submission, but I don’t think this fight is going to go five rounds.”
It’s a fascinating match-up, as will be Teixeira taking on either man in 2014. UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
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