Teixeira: If Jon Jones needs opponent, i'm here


Glover Teixeira didn't start fighting until 10 years ago, after he moved to Connecticut, from his impoverished hometown in Brazil. He worked in the USA as a gardner, sending money home.

"At that time, we didn’t have anything," said Teixiera of his youth. "We didn’t even have electricity at our home, no cars, no nothing. It was a small town, a hard life.”

He went 2-2 his first four pro fights, and then, late in 2005, he started working with Chuck Liddell. He has not lost since, in 19 straight fights.

The very short list of things that make Glover Teixeira worried includes fighting in front of Mike Tyson, which he did at UFC 160 Saturday night vs. James Tehuna.

“I’m the biggest Mike Tyson fan… when I was thirteen years old I used to get up in the middle of the night, hide from my Dad, and watch him fight on Globo TV,” recalled Teixeira. “I watch his highlights before I fight anyone. That’s what motivates me.”

“When I saw him over there, I gotta tell you…I said, ‘I gotta move my head like Mike Tyson. I hope I don’t go over there, get caught, and get knocked out in front of him."

The long list of things that Teixeira is not scared of includes UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

“Whatever they do, I’ll be happy to get in the Octagon as soon as possible," said Teixeira. "if they have trouble finding an opponent for Jon Jones, I’m here.”

What do you thnk UG? Visa issues kept Teixeira out of the UFC until 2012, and he is now 4-0 in the league. Is he ready for Jon Jones?

Thanks to fiveouncesofpain for the transcription.


tags: UFC   Glover Teixeira (detail)  Jon Jones (detail)  


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Woodford Mike site profile image  

5/28/13 4:01 PM by Woodford Mike

Assuming Cormier is moving down, that would be one hell of a scrap IMO.Doubt he fights Machida though.

The Last Emperor site profile image  

5/28/13 8:29 AM by The Last Emperor

Easily? Lol, I'm pretty sure Gus would beat Machida. He's the real deal.

panthonyjr site profile image  

5/28/13 4:59 AM by panthonyjr

I want the friggin JDJ/Hendo fight That never happened! What happened to that fight?

WoodenPupa site profile image  

5/28/13 4:22 AM by WoodenPupa

Since Zuffa doesn't use a ranking system anyway, and injuries/random problems plague the UFC, I say always make the most compelling fights ASAP. Glover to me is the most compelling. Much more so than Gus or Hendo. Machida is intriguing again, but it's a rematch and I like to see new matchups on principle.

CRMartin11 site profile image  

5/28/13 3:09 AM by CRMartin11

I want to see Machida vs Gustaffson to determine true #1 contender. I want to see Glover fight the winner of Rashad vs Hendo. Plus before Jones injured his foot he said he would like to fight in Novemeber. Now that he's injured it who knows when he'll fight next. Machida vs Gus makes perfect sense now.

panthonyjr site profile image  

5/28/13 2:41 AM by panthonyjr

Glover is on something like a 16 fight winning streak, I believe 3 or 4 of them being in the UFC. How much more on JBJ's level does he need to be?

panthonyjr site profile image  

5/28/13 2:36 AM by panthonyjr

Some would call the Sonnen stunt a duck

KingofBJJ site profile image  

5/28/13 1:18 AM by KingofBJJ

Who cares? Seriously?

IP site profile image  

5/27/13 6:35 PM by IP

That's not how I interpreted what he said. I'm with shallowkal on this one.

Penetration Skills site profile image  

5/27/13 5:53 PM by Penetration Skills

please stop with this gus shit.if machida vs gus happens, machidsa wins it easily. easily.