Heading into UFC Fight Night 28 the big question was whether Glover Teixeira could lock up a title shot, and although he was pushed by Ryan Bader, the rising light-heavyweight did his part to become the next challenger. Teixeira scored the first round, stoppage win in Belo Horizonte, Wednesday, to move his jaw dropping win streak to 20 (and earn “Knockout of the Night” honors).
After the thrilling main event, which saw a stunned Teixeira recover and blast Bader with a scary right-left combo, the UFC announced that indeed the Brazilian will fight for the light-heavyweight title next. Of course, since champion Jon Jones is set to fight Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on September 21st, it remains to be seen who the 33 year-old vet will face for the belt.
UFC Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik announced the news at the post-fight press conference, after reportedly talking to UFC boss man Dana White, who didn’t attend the card.
With the victory, Teixeira has gone 5-0 to date in the UFC, and has also scored wins over Fabio Maldonado, Jame Te Huna, “Rampage” Jackson and Kyle Kingsbury.
While it was a huge win for Teixeira (obviously), it wasn’t shocking afterwards to hear him say he wasn’t thrilled with his performance, considering the blows he took. Launching a comeback versus Jones or Gustafsson could be more difficult.
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