UFC: What You Should Know About Glover Teixeira

Montique DavidCorrespondent IIIJuly 10, 2012

UFC: What You Should Know About Glover Teixeira

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    Listen to master promoter Dana White and you’ll believe Glover Teixeira is the man nobody wants to fight. Just last month top Light Heavyweight Shogun Rua turned down an opportunity to fight Teixeira, with White claiming that Shogun would rather be cut than fight the dangerous Brazilian.

    Now on October 13 in his native Brazil, Teixeira gets the nod to bid farewell to former UFC and PRIDE Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

    But the real question is, just who is Glover Teixeira?

    In this slideshow we’ll break down the dangerous Brazilian who’s making waves in MMA.

Tale of the Tape

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    Record 18-2
    Height 6'2"
    Reach 76"
    Age 32
    Finishing rate 89%

     

    Stocky and robust, Teixeira is a heavyweight trapped in a body that can be cut down to Light Heavyweight. Sporting a 18-2 record, he is riding a 16-fight winning streak. He's only been to decision three times, which coincides with the amount of times he's been to the third round.

    Needless to say, if you get in the ring with him, he'll be looking to take you out.

Skills

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    A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Teixeira owns five submission victories—one being this fight against former UFC competitor Ricco Rodriguez.

    Take a look at these fights, and you could say that his standup fighting is a bit tentative and methodical. However, he has the punching and deceptive high kicks in his arsenal that can keep his opponent off balance. Then once he has you down, he's going in for the kill.

Training Partners

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    Glover is a push forward fighter who in his fight against Kyle Kingsbury tried to feature an overhand right to turn out Kingsbury's lights.

    Maybe that's due to the fact that he trains with UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell. Glover is always looking for a knockout which is a style in which his mentor and training partner has done as well.

Finisher

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    Glover Teixeira finishes fights. Glover has 16 finishes in his 18 career wins, an 89 percent finishing rate. He's only been to decision 3 times over his entire career, which shows just how dangerous he can be.

    Rampage Jackson has often scoffed at having to fight wrestlers and not being in the exciting slugfests that he wants to enjoy. Well Rampage, the UFC has granted you your wish.

    Teixeira isn't a wrestler who wants to hold you down and smother you. He's a finishing machine who wants to make sure that there are parts of your last UFC fight that you don't remember.

    Look for fireworks to happen in Brazil on October 13.