Ryan Bader Confirms Bout Against Glover Teixeira in Brazil
UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader has confirmed rumors that circulated over the weekend that his next fight will be against Glover Teixeira.
Bader posted the news on his Twitter account Monday, indicating that the fight will be the main event on a September UFC Fox 1 card in Brazil.
Next fight vs Glover Teixeira Sept 4th main event in Brazil. Looking forward to this one, tough test but big reward. #fb— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) June 24, 2013
Bader last fought in January, defeating Vladimir Matyushenko via first round submission. Once considered a rising star until he tasted defeat at the hands of current 205 pound champion Jon Jones, Bader has gone 3-2 in his last five matches and will be fighting for relevancy. However, all eyes will be on Teixeira—a man carrying a fearsome reputation since making his UFC debut in May last year.
The Brazilian has run through four opponents in the promotion, stretching his undefeated streak back to an incredible 19 fights.
His reputation has grown to eclipse almost any other in the division, and he’s already being talked of as a contender. But a fight against Bader is hardly one that will land him in Jones' path.
Teixeira is currently No. 3 on the UFC rankings, while Bader is clinging on to the No. 10 spot. In fact, he’s only had one Top 10 fight in the UFC—against fading star Quinton Jackson earlier this year. His last fight was against the unremarkable James Te Huna; however, Teixeira doesn’t blame the UFC for “slow pacing” his career.
On the contrary, in a recent interview with MMA Junkie, the Brazilian seemed to be eager to take on Bader.
“They gave me Ryan Bader for my last fight. He’s a big name, but it ended up being James Te Huna,” said Teixeira. “They’re all tough guys, don’t get me wrong. The big names can make a difference for exposure, but those up-and-coming guys are tough, too. I really don’t care. I know sooner or later, I’m going to get that title.”
The timing of the September bout couldn’t be more perfect. Jones is also due to fight that month against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. If Jones wins that fight, he’ll have all but cleaned out the division, leaving Teixeira the last man standing—that’s if he gets past Bader.
Bader v Teixeira is set to go down on September 4 th at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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