Glover Teixeira

Brazil

Title shot set for September
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 14, 2021
Teixeira will face Jan Blachowicz in a light heavyweight title fight Sept. 4 at UFC 266, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
As anticipated, Jan Blachowicz will get a title shot after notching a convincing win over Israel Adesanya in his last trip to the Octagon in March. The 41-year-old will be looking for his sixth straight victory.
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Gets seal of approval from White
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 8, 2021
UFC President Dana White confirmed to reporters late Saturday night after the conclusion of UFC 259 that Teixeira is the No. 1 contender to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight belt, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Teixeira was the backup for Saturday's title fight between Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya in case anything were to fall through. White confirmed any speculation after the bout that he is next up to face the Polish fighter for the Light Heavyweight belt sometime down the road. The fight won't happen for quite some time after Blachowicz mentioned following his win Saturday that he wants to take, at minimum, half a year off so the two could potentially fight anytime once September rolls around. Teixeira most recently defeated Thiago Santos via third-round submission (rear-naked choke) in November for his fifth straight victory and would become one of the oldest champions in UFC history (41 years old) if he's able to defeat Blachowicz when the two square up.
One last title run?
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 7, 2020
Teixeira defeated Thiago Santos via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN+ 40 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
In typical Teixeira fashion, he got clipped early and it looked for a moment like it would be over. He proceeded to initiate a takedown and gave himself enough time to recover, eventually lifting Santos into the air and putting him on his back, landing in full mount. He spent the final minutes of Round 1 racking up ground strikes from half guard. In Round 2, it took less than a minute for Teixeira to shoot for and record a takedown. He controlled the rest of the round with ease, racking up a ton of additional ground strikes before nearly securing a choke in the final seconds. Teixeira went back to the takedown early in Round 3, but was met with a massive left hook that sent him to the canvas. He again survived some hellacious ground-and-pound from Santos, and even managed to reverse position. Santos essentially punched himself out going for the finish, and Teixeira cruised to his back, flattened him out and locked in the choke. Santos had no choice but to tap. Teixeira has now won five fights in a row and is on the verge of a title shot at the age of 41. The UFC has apparently already scheduled Israel Adesanya to move up to 205 pounds and challenge for the belt of Jan Blachowicz, but Teixeira will presumably be on standby if anything there falls through.
Underdog in LHW top contender bout
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 2, 2020
Teixeira is approximately a (+190) betting underdog for his scheduled light heavyweight matchup against Thiago Santos this Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Teixeira and Santos were originally supposed to throw down to determine the top light heavyweight contender back on September 12, but the main event was ultimately canceled after Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19. With over a month to kick the virus and the UFC seemingly making other plans for the immediate future of the 205-pound championship, Teixeira still has plenty to fight for in what could legitimately be his last title run at the age of 41. He'll take on a fellow Brazilian veteran in Santos, who is 36 years old himself and coming off a 16-month layoff. Santos last saw the cage in a title fight with champion Jon Jones, but came away with a narrow, split-decision loss (not bad considering he suffered serious injuries in both knees that night). Teixeira is riding a four-fight winning streak into this top contender matchup, most recently defeating former title challenger Anthony Smith and setting a personal best with 138 significant strikes landed. That type of striking volume isn't likely to happen against Santos, who absorbs just 2.19 significant strikes per minute. Instead, the path to victory here might be to try and get this fight to the mat, as Teixeira has higher averages in both takedowns landed and submissions attempted.
Nov. 7 likely rescheduled date
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 24, 2020
The UFC is finalizing a light heavyweight fight between Teixeira and Thiago Santos on November 7, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be the second time this bout has been rescheduled It was supposed to take place on Sept. 12, but Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19. It was then rescheduled for Oct. 3, but Santos tested positive for COVID-19 last week and had to withdraw.
New date scratched as well
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 15, 2020
Teixeira will no longer be fighting Thiago Santos at the UFC event October 3, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The original date of this fight was Sept. 12, but a positive COVID-19 test by Teixeira pushed the date back to Oct. 3. Now Santos has tested positive for COVID-19 and it will force the UFC to either reschedule this light heavyweight bout, or find Teixeira a new opponent.