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

Damon MartinContributor 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.