Is there a badder 41-year old than UFC Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira?
Glover Teixeira climbed to (32-7) at UFC Vegas 13, with a significant rear-naked choke victory over the considerable favourite Thiago Santos.
The 41-year old faced some early adversity in the first-round, eating power punches from Santos, who started aggressively. Teixeria, doing what Teixeria does best and absorbs the heavy shots, then implementing his wrestling to find himself in a dominant position to end the round.
After the success from guard in round-one, Teixeira returned to the mat and was content to apply the pressure from half guard, raining down heavy punches and elbows. Santos had the bell to thank at the end of round-two, as Teixeria had sunk a deep rear-naked choke in.
In the third, Santos stunned Teixeria with a huge punch and executed his own ground and pound. Teixeira survived the onslaught for the second time and then reversed the position. He took Santos’s back and it was the beginning of the end for ’Marreta’.
The win over Santos solidifies Glover Teixeira as the number #1 contender at Light Heavyweight. A fifth straight victory, with wins over Roberson, Cutelaba, Krylov, and Smith previous to UFC Vegas 13 shoes Glover Teixeria is aging like a fine wine, and not ready to give up on his dream just yet.”
Teixeira shortly made his case to be the next challenger to take on current LHW Champion Jan Błachowicz. Here’s what Teixeira had to say in the post-fight interview with Jon Anik in regards to Błacowicz vs Adesanya.
“Dana White, come on man, you gonna give this shot to Adesanya and make me wait? 5 fights in a row, beating these young guys is not easy. Give me that title shot!”
The Brazilan was also asked about his thoughts in a potential match-up with former LHW Champion Jon Jones and insists Jones is not on his mind at all, all his focus is on Jan Błachowicz.
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