Glover Teixeira Gets Next Shot at the Title, Believes He Can KO Jon Jones

Damon Martin@@DamonMartinContributor ISeptember 4, 2013

Prior to Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil, Glover Teixeira was promised a title shot if he looked impressive in his bout against Ryan Bader.

Following a first-round knockout where Teixeira put Bader away with a quick right-left combination, the Brazilian, who's on a 20-fight win streak, found out that the aforementioned promise will be fulfilled.

UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik stated at the post-fight press conference that Teixeira will fight the winner of the upcoming light-heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. 

"Yeah that's confirmed," Zelaznik said. "Dana's confirmed it, Joe (Silva) confirmed it, Glover gets the next shot."

Teixeira has been on a tear since joining the UFC in 2012, winning all five of his fights inside the Octagon with four finishes. 

With a title shot now looming overhead, Teixeira is ecstatic to face whoever has the title, but he would prefer to face the man currently ranked as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

And when the UFC 165 main event is in the books, Teixeira believes that's who he will face.

"To tell you the truth I don't have any preference, my dream is to get the belt," Teixeira said. "But I believe Jon Jones will win, that's the way I see it, and I definitely prefer him as well in a certain manner because Jon Jones has a better name, he's been a champ for a long time, so whoever goes to face him has to be very focused, very well trained, and to look at his game to make him disappear.

"Obviously the knockout power, I believe I have it and if I hit him, he's going to go down."

 

Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

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