If you’re a big time fan of Glover Teixeira, and are extremely superstitious, then you might have been doing a lot of knocking on wood as of late. The reason being that although Teixeira has yet to defeat Ryan Bader today at UFC Fight Night 28, there continues to be a ton of talk about him fighting Jon Jones (who, yes, is also scheduled for another test in the former of Alexander Gustafsson).
Of course, it’s not hard to see why fans and pundits are already tapping Teixeira as the next great challenge for the light-heavyweight champ, as the Brazilian has pretty much cruised through his UFC opposition to date. Not only that, but Teixeira has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he can finish fights standing or on the ground, which makes him a dangerous threat to any 205’er. Recently MMA Fighting.com asked Lyoto Machida for his thoughts on Teixeira, who it’s worth noting, has not only trained with Teixeira extensively but he’s also battled Jones. Here’s what “The Dragon” had to say about the 21-2 light-heavyweight and whether he could end Jones’ reign.
“I believe Glover is the next champion,” Machida said. “I don’t see anyone in the light heavyweight division to stop Glover Teixeira. Not even Jon Jones.”
“We train together for a long time,” he said. “To do well against him, you really, really need to know what you’re doing. He’s too strong for this division. He’s a heavyweight, and he’s durable. He will hurt you for five rounds.”
How about that for heaping on the praise? Although Teixeira has a ton of hype behind him, so far, he’s been handling it just fine. We’ll see in a couple of hours whether he take yet another big step towards that title shot.
UFC Fight Night 28 will go down today in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and will be broadcast throughout the U.S. on FOX Sports 1. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your coverage.