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December 16, 2017 Glover Teixeira News
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Teixeira defeated Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) at 2:45 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.
Credit Teixeira for rebounding after a very slow start. Realizing that he was struggling immensely in the striking exchanges between the two men, Glover smartly went for a takedown that Cirkunov didn't even attempt to defend. The Brazilian was in firm control once the fight went to the mat and referee Dan Miragliotta was calling off the bout shortly thereafter. While this is clearly a massive win for Glover, he needs to string together two or three strong efforts in a row if he wants to get back into the title picture. At age 38, Teixeira isn't getting any younger.
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Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira accepted the matchup against Cirkunov believing that he would be fully recovered from hand surgery by October. However, recent developments have proven to the fighter that he will not make the deadline. Instead of cancelling the fight completely, UFC brass has pushed the fight back to December to give Glover time to heal. Demian Maia v. Colby Covington will take the fight's place as the co-main event.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira had hand surgery in June and was out for 6-to-8 weeks, but appears ready to train for his next fight. He will fight Cirkunov, currently the No. 9 contender in the Light Heavyweight division. Teixeira is coming off of a loss to Alexander Gustafsson by fifth-round knockout, but has typically seen success against the middle tier of the light heavyweight division in his UFC tenure.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira is coming off a loss to title contender Alexander Gustafsson, and although the defeat put his toughness on display, it also made it clear that he's no longer able to contend with the upper echelon of UFC light heavyweights. The 37-year-old still has plenty in the tank, but he'll need some time off before scheduling another bout in the Octagon. Despite coming up short his last time out, the Brazilian would still likely enter as a betting favorite against anyone in the division outside the top-3.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was clear early in the fight that this was going to be a long for Teixeira. Gustafsson was much quicker on the outside. Teixeira tried to cut the cage off and land punches, but he was simply a step slow. Gustafsson continued to land with uppercuts and step in elbows. A lot of fighters would have been finished before the final round, but Teixeira showed great heart surviving. If he had won, he would have cemented himself in the title picture, but even with the loss he is not that far away. There are simply not a lot of contenders in the division at the moment.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeria is coming off a tune-up victory of sorts against Jared Cannonier, bouncing back strong from an early KO loss to Anthony Johnson, who will be fighting for a title at UFC 210. He's faced the best the UFC light heavyweight division has to offer (with the exception of Daniel Cormier), but the 37-year-old will likely enter Sweden as the underdog, squaring off against an opponent fighting in his home town. While Gustafsson will look to strike, Teixeira would be best suited to attempt takedowns and attempt to grind out a victory in top position, the same plan he executed successfully in his UFC 208 win.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira is 4-1 in his last five fights and is coming off a dominant performance over Jared Cannonier in February. Meanwhile, Gustafsson dropped out of his last fight, scheduled for November of 2016, due to a nagging back injury that has caused him problems over the years. He looks to be back to full strength, though, so this matchup should make for a spectacle between two of the world's top light heavyweight fighters in Gustafsson's home country of Sweden.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a dominant win for the former title challenger, although it wasn't pleasing to watch. Facing an opponent who by all accounts wasn't in his league, Teixeira landed takedowns at will en route to the unanimous decision win. There were a few scary moments on the feet for Glover, most notably at the end of Round 1, but his ability to plant Cannonier on his back at will resulted in an easy victory. Many people were wondering why Teixeira accepted this fight in the first place, but he ended up with an easy win and he didn't get hurt in the process. It's about all that he could ask for. Given the lack of depth in the UFC's light heavyweight division, there is no clear matchup that makes sense for Glover moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisIt begs the age-old question, why in the world would you ever call out that animal? Glover was very aggressive the second the opening bell rang, but he gave Rumble a slight opening and that was all she wrote. It was the first time Teixeira had been knocked out since his professional debut in June 2002. Glover has won 23 of his last 26 fights, but he has had trouble getting over the hump when it's time to face the best the world has to offer. Texeira is an easy top-five light heavyweight, but at 36 years old, it's highly unlikely that he will ever fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship again.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira has worked himself back into the title picture with back-to-back-to-back wins over Rashad Evans, Patrick Cummins and Ovince Saint Preux. Glover is getting up there at age-36, but he keeps himself in terrific shape and he is a very smart fighter. The key for him in this fight will to now allow Johnson to throw repeated combinations on the feet. Teixeira's wrestling game would seemingly help in that area to some extent, but avoiding Rumble's power is easier said than done.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira and Johnson were supposed to fight at UFC Chicago on July 23, but the bout had to be postponed following the withdrawal of Johnson for personal reasons. Since the light heavyweight division is rather light, UFC brass determined this would be the best course of action over finding a new opponent for Teixeira. Now, rather than fight on a nationally-televised card, the two will square off on pay-per-view, likely helping the pockets of each UFC veteran.
Fantasy AnalysisThe two were originally scheduled to meet in a lightweight matchup on July 23, but Johnson had to pull out of that fight in order to attend to a family matter. Rather than find a new opponent for Teixeira, the UFC will simply postpone the fight and move a bout between Gilbert Melendez and Edson Barboza up to the co-main event.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira had been scheduled to put a three-fight winning streak on the line in the co-main event of UFC Chicago, but now his future plans are in limbo. Johnson pulled out due to a personal matter, rather than his health, so it's possible the UFC simply decides to push this bout back to a later date. Alternatively, they could set him up against another light heavyweight opponent in an effort to maintain a quality card at the July 23 event.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira has put together a solid winning streak of late, collecting victories over Ovince St. Preux, Patrick Cummins and Rashad Evans to put him back in the picture as a light heavyweight title contender. Currently ranked No. 3 in the division, Teixeira will face the No. 2-ranked fighter in the class, with the victor likely receiving the winner of the UFC 200 matchup between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in their next bout. To come out on top in this one, Teixeira will have to avoid the early knockout power of Rumble, as he'll likely have a conditioning advantage if the fight goes into the later rounds. While Johnson is widely regarded as the better striker, Teixeira will have the advantage in the submission game if the fight goes to the mat.
Fantasy AnalysisEvans is nowhere near the fighter he was in the prime of his career, but the left hook that Teixeira landed that put an end to the festivities on Saturday would finish just about any opponent. Glover also called out Rumble Johnson after the fight, which tells you all you need to know about his toughness. Teixeira's power and cardio are elite, but he isn't on the level of top light heavyweight fighters such as champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones and he would be a considerable underdog if a fight against Rumble ever came to a fruition. Glover is a top-five 205-pounder, but an impressive win over a washed up fighter in Evans doesn't ultimately change his ceiling at all.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira had a brief two-fight losing streak against Jon Jones and Phil Davis back in 2014, but he has since rebounded to win back-to-back fights against Ovince Saint Preux and Patrick Cummins. Remarkably, those two setbacks are Glover’s only two losses in more than a decade. A great athlete and a guy who has rarely been banged up over the years, Teixeira gets a main event fight here against an opponent who has spent the majority of the last two and a half years on the sideline. Glover doesn’t have much to get in this fight rankings wise, but Evans is a well-known opponent and finishing him on national television would certainly be a positive step in the right direction as Teixeira hopes to get one more shot at UFC gold.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira is coming off a win against Patrick Cummins via TKO at 1:12 of the second round at UFC Fight Night on back in November. The 36-year-old will now step in for Rua and square off against Rashad Evans, who is coming off a loss to Ryan Badger via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) back in October.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira may be 36-years old, but he still retains his trademark power. He was taken down numerous times in round one, but he managed to work his way back to his feet and unload on Cummins with strikes. The end came early in the second round when Cummins couldn't fight back after eating numerous shots from Glover along the fence. After back-to-back embarrassing losses against former champion Jon Jones and Phil Davis, Teixeira has won back-to-back fights against Cummins and Ovince St. Preux. Considering how thin the light heavyweight division is, don't rule out Glover making one last run at a second title shot.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira had been dominated in back-to-back fights against Jon Jones and Phil Davis, but he responded in a big way with an easy submission win over Ovince St. Preux in his last fight in August. The 36-year-old Teixeira still retains his trademark big time power, but he is going to have to avoid what figures to be a slew of takedown attempts from a former Division I All-American wrestler in Cummins. Teixiera certainly deserves to be favored here, but the line seems to be way too high. This is a closer fight than a lot of people think.
Fantasy AnalysisBoth fighters have reportedly agreed to the fight, but it hasn't been finalized as of yet. The matchup wouldn't seem to do a whole lot for Teixeira as far as the rankings go, but the UFC's light heavyweight division is so thin these days that fighters are being forced to take fights against what they likely consider inferior opponents. Teixeira is coming off a dominant win over Ovince St. Preux just ten days ago.
Fantasy AnalysisTeixeira was badly in need of a quality effort and he got it. Realizing that St. Preux had no prayer of stopping his takedown attempts, Glover relied on his wrestling and did virtually all of his damage on the mat. Teixeira's conditioning was on point and he looked far more like the fighter who ran off an eight-fight winning streak recently as opposed to the guy who was dominated in back-to-back fights against Jon Jones and Phil Davis. Teixeira is still in the hunt in a light heavyweight division that lacks depth once you get past the first five or six guys.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter embarrassing back-to-back unanimous decision losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis, Teixeira is in desperate need of a bounce back effort on Saturday. He hasn't won a fight since September 2013. At 35-years old, it's fair to wonder if Glover's trademark power has disappeared. His effort on Saturday will go a long way in determining how seriously he will need to be taken moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisThere are few guys on the UFC roster in need of a win more than Teixeira. After winning eight in a row, Teixeira has now lost two straight. He was dismantled in a unanimous decision loss to Jon Jones in a light heavyweight title fight in April of last year and then he returned in October, only to be steamrolled by Phil Davis in another unanimous decision loss. To say that Teixiera looked bad in both loses would be the understatement of the century. He needs a bounce back performance in the worst way.