It wasn’t long ago when Glover Teixeira was riding a 20 fight winning streak, but following back-to-back losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis, the heavy handed fighter has made some changes.
Teixeira is booked to fight Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 73 on Friday, which will mark the first time he’s fought, since he was decisioned by Davis last October. Since Jones is widely considered to be the planet’s best fighter, Teixiera’s loss to “Bones” wasn’t that big of a setback. But, the loss to Davis left some people wondering whether Teixeira can be a championship contender moving forward.
Well, clearly the defeats have resonated with Teixeira, as the Brazilian recently told MMA Junkie.com the following:
“Coming off two losses just gives me extra incentive,” Teixeira said. “I don’t really worry. I love this sport. I fight because I enjoy it. I love stepping into the octagon and banging it out with my opponents. It’s what I enjoy. I don’t know – I think I was born for this.
“Losses matter, but they don’t bother me too much since I give my best. Against Phil Davis, I was more disappointed due to some matters related to weight. But against Jon Jones, I gave my maximum. If it wasn’t enough, then I just keep moving on. I’m very motivated for my next fight. I’m lighter. I’m healthy. I’m fast. I’m moving well. I’m working on what needed to be improved. I’m highly motivated. I’ll beat that guy.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how Teixiera looks on Saturday. OSP is a dangerous opponent, no question, but he doesn’t have the wrestling pedigree of Davis. If Teixeira can score an impressive win, and then another one in early 2016, he’ll be right back in the title shot mix.
UFC FN 73 will be hosted by the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. In the co-headliner, Beneil Dariush will take on fellow lightweight contender Michael Johnson.