UFC 153: What We Learned from Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kyle Kingsbury (top) and Glover Teixeira (bottom) fight during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Glover Teixeira continued his rise through the UFC light heavyweight ranks by pulverizing Fabio Maldonado for two full rounds.

At the end of the second frame, the doctor decided that Maldonado had had enough, and the fight was stopped. 


What We'll Remember About This Fight

It was the most realistic horror film of 2012. 

Teixeira absolutely brutalized Maldonado for 10 straight minutes, and while he looked spectacular, the story of the match is Maldonado's refusal to quit—nobody who watched will forget that any time soon.


What We Learned About Teixeira

He's absolutely brutal. Glover swings for the fences on the feet and blasts away when he's laying down ground and pound.

He looked amazing tonight. Had he been fighting a human made of flesh and blood, rather than an immortal being carved entirely from stone, he'd have finished the bout in the first minute.


What We Learned About Maldonado

Though he's not the greatest mixed martial artist on the planet, he might just be the toughest human being ever to have been born. 


What's Next for Teixeira

During his post-fight interview, Teixeira expressed his desire to fight Quinton Jackson. That works.


What's Next for Maldonado

At 1-3, he might be on his way out of the UFC. But, with the type of heart he showed in the Octagon at UFC 153, he might get another chance. He deserves it.