UFC On ESPN+ 40 : Glover Teixeira Submits Thiago Santos In Three

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Glover Teixeira Hands Raised After UFC On ESPN+ 40 win over Thiago Santos

Glover Teixeira forged his way into title contention with a third round finish of Thiago Santos in the Main event of UFC On ESPN+ 40 on Saturday night at the UFC Apex.

Teixeira (32-7), recently celebrated his 41st Birthday and you can call him “Ageless” as that had no effect on his exploits against the former title challenger and fellow countryman Santos (21-8).

Teixeira earned his 27th stoppage victory as a professional with the victory and could stand be the next challenger to the UFC light heavyweight title, presently held by Champion Jan Blachowicz.

The fight kicked off in the Young blood’s favour as Santos sent Teixeira to the Canvas with huge shots that could spell an end to even top contenders in the division. Santos followed up the knockdown with a flurry on the canvas but somehow, Teixeira survived the onslaught and turned the fight in his favour.

Teixeira scored two knock downs of his own and was able to fight on side guard till the end of the round.

The second round was more of the same as Teixeira controlled and detected the pace of the fight, avoiding taking Santos’s shots while on foot and doing his best to take the fight back to the canvas, giving his fellow countryman no time to breath.

Glover Teixeira Dominates Thiago Santos At UFC On ESPN+ 40

With time running out in the 2nd, Teixeira looked to finish the fight, mounted up and went for the rear naked choke. That looked to be heading for the end but Santos got saved by the Horn. The choke was so deeply sunk that Santos needed time to recover before moving over to his corner.

Failing to end the fight in the second round came hunting on Teixeira in the this as the “Sledgehammer” uncorked a big left that sent Teixeira crashing to the canvas and in big trouble. Santos was out to finish the fight, followed the drop with a flurry but the crafty Veteran was able to manoeuvre his way to the top and went for the choke. This time Santos tapped.

The win leaves Teixeira with five wins in a row, four of those were finishes and has taken out two former title contenders as he heads towards another title shot, since coming short in his first six years ago.

The UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz is set to defend his belt against Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya in the coming months but Teixeira hopes to be considered or maybe placed ahead before the mega fight materialise.

UFC On ESPN+ 40 : Thiago Santos v Glover Teixeira
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 07: (R-L) Glover Teixeira of Brazil takes down Thiago Santos of Brazil in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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