Glover Teixeira about the changes that led to the unlikely title shot – MMA Sports

A generation of MMA fans may not remember it, either last time or for the first time. Glover Teixeira They didn’t see it, so they fought for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

It played against young John Jones at UFC 172 on April 26, 2014. When Teisheira stepped into the octagon in Baltimore that night, he recorded an incredible 20 consecutive wins, including the first five in the UFC. What happened during the 25 minutes was a sign of control from Jones. Clean sweep unanimous decision Against Teixeira.

For the next four years, Teisheira approached another title shot, but never broke through. After losing to Phil Davis in a follow-up, Teixeira continued to win three straight games. Knocked out in 13 seconds by Anthony Johnson After that, Teisheira won and lost alternately, defeating Jared Cannonier and Misha Cirkunov, but lost to top candidates Alexander Gustafsson and Corey Anderson.

Another crack in the UFC Gold looked like a long shot for 2019, but in January of that year Teisheira began winning five straight games. UFC 267 The main event where he challenges Jan Blawowic for the £ 205 title more than seven years after his first shot.

The question is how he did it.

“Passion. Passion for this sport,” Teisheira told UFC267 Media Day Wednesday. “Recently there’s more discipline about it and more focus on what I have to do to be a champion. Of course, it didn’t work before, so I’m doing something wrong. When I fought Gustafsson, when I fought Anthony Johnson, I was knocking on the door. I couldn’t go there. I couldn’t shoot the title again. I said. , “Man, I’m losing time here. What should I do?” (I) was looking for knowledge – (UFC) PI, my coach, my discipline , And put it on myself. How much do you want this? “

Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira will exchange punches at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on April 26, 2014 at the Baltimore Arena.

If Teisheira, 42 on Thursday, had to trust the most one thing for this resurrection during the twilight of his career …

“Hundred percent, discipline,” said Teisheira. “At the time, I was just a barbaric fighter. I was just going and fighting. (I) train like a maniac and always train like a dog.”

Whatever Teixeira did to change, it’s working because he stopped four fighters during the winning streak. In 2020, Teisheira secured his title Eliminate Anthony Smith before winning the 5th round TKO And follow up Submission of the third round of Thiago Santos Last November.

Surprisingly, Teisheira (32-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) is the only fighter in history to win five consecutive UFC wins over the age of 40. If he defeats Brahovic (28-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) on Saturday, Texiera will be the oldest and first champion in UFC history.

He is proud to be seen as an inspiration later in his career.

“Fans like this and I’m a fan of this sport,” said Teisheira. “People love to overcome situations, such as breaking rules or doing things that too many people haven’t done. If I win this title now, who won it before? Did you? Randy Couture, the only man in the UFC (I was 45 when I won the heavyweight title at UFC 68). It’s difficult. I’m glad I came here. I got it on Saturday night. I’m going to put it in. “

– MMA Sports

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