Glover Teixeira is a beast.
He recently proved this on October 13 by dismantling Fabio Maldonado in their UFC 153 bout. Hardcore fans had been hearing about Teixeira for years, but to finally witness his skills on full display was amazing.
He hits like a truck. His submissions are quick and lethal. He has big names running scared. He appears to be the complete package.
Teixeira has all the tools to become a top light heavyweight in the UFC.
If only he could find an opponent willing to fight him.
Teixeira strikes like he has bricks in his hands. We've seen this power in action during both of his UFC bouts.
At UFC 146, he rocked Kyle Kingsbury right out of the gate and finished with a submission.
At UFC 153, he brutally beat down on Fabio Maldonado—so bad that a doctor had to call the fight in between rounds.
Teixeira has vicious power, and one punch from him can change a fight in an instant.
The scary part is he knows it.
This should be an alarm bell for most fighters. After his UFC 146 win, many wondered who would get the Brazilian next.
It was difficult for the UFC to find him an opponent. No one wanted to have anything to do with him including former champions Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Rashad Evans.
Glover has tremendous skill, but doesn't have the name recognition quite yet. It's a tough situation when, as a high level fighter, you could get beaten by a smaller name. Taking that loss could potentially hurt their career.
That being said, Teixeira's next fight should be with a big name fighter. He deserves a step up and some recognition.
Only time will tell who that opponent will be.
Despite all the buzz around him, Teixeira has only fought in two UFC fights.
He has been around a lot longer having gone pro 2002 but is just now introducing UFC fans to his skill set.
And boy, has he impressed.
His striking is hard and fast.
His submissions, which are usually set up by his punches, are lethal.
He has incredible speed and uses it to blitz his opponents right off the first bell.
And this is what we have seen from only two UFC fights.
We haven't seen the full power of Glover Teixeira—just a glimpse.
But when that day comes, watch out UFC light heavyweights because Teixeira will be on full display.
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