UFC On ESPN+ 40 – Glover Teixeira Talks Thiago Santos And Possible Title Shot

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May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Anthony Smith (red gloves) fights Glover Teixeira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira could get his next title shot after Saturday but has to take care of fellow compatriot and fellow contender Thiago Santos this coming Saturday on UFC On ESPN+ main event.

Teixeira (31-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) is presently on his best runs of form and will be looking to secure the second title shot after failing to capture the UFC 205 title back in 2014 against the then champion Jon Jones. He has since then had a fluctuating run of results but has recently been able to accumulate a four fight winning streak.

Teixeira is coming off a five round finish of former title challenger Anthony Smith and with the 205 pound champion Jan Blachowicz set to defend his belt against UFC middleweight champion Isreal Adesanya, a victory on Saturday could just decide the next No.1 contender in the division.

“I’m feeling great for being 40,” Teixeira told MMA Junkie. “I’ve been told that I’m visibly healthier and more fit at 40 than I was at 37. Back then I was eating too much churrasco and drinking too much cachaca. Today I’m feeling great. People are noticing. My last fight was a great performance against Anthony Smith, who had been beating everyone up except for Jon Jones.

“I’m feeling very motivated. I’m focused on this fight against Thiago. It’s a fight that can propel me to the belt. But I’m not thinking about Jan Blachowicz. I’m 100 percent focused on Thiago ‘Marreta.’”

Teixeira just like every other Brazilian roots for other Brazilians and this time, admits they will both tear apart the Brazilian Fans. Apart from personal connections with fighters, Teixeira has always routed for Santos.

“Against Thiago ‘Marreta‘ the fans will be split,” Teixeira said. “We Brazilians are very patriotic. We always root for a Brazilian to capture the belt. I always do that myself, unless I have a personal connection or friendship with their opponent. I root for ‘Marreta’ just about every time he fights. Now, we get to bang it out.

“We’ll put on a beautiful fight, and the winner should get a shot at the belt. ‘Marreta’ is super tough. He’s more of a muay Thai fighter. I’ll look to impose my own game, which is to use my boxing, close the distance, and get him down to the mat. Or maybe I’ll keep striking. Everyone knows my game. There isn’t much strategy to it.

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