FIGHTER PROFILE: GLOVER TEIXEIRA

Latest UFC rankings update: Glover Teixeira takes over No. 1 spot, Yan  Xiaonan climbs to No. 3 - MMAmania.com
New Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira. Photo courtesy of Zuffa llc.

After his win at UFC 267 against Jan Błachowicz, Glover Teixeira at age 42 became the Second oldest UFC Champion of all time, an impressive feat for a man who has been in pursuit of a UFC title for 19 years. It’s a long way to the top but for those that stay the course the reward is extra sweet. 


Teixeira was born in Rural Brazil in a town called Sobrália, Minas Gerais. In his town conditions weren’t great; there were many homes without electricity. These conditions made Teixeira move to the United States in 1999. Teixeira entered the US through Mexico with the aid of Coyotes who smuggled him into the country. When Teixeira moved to the United States he worked in Landscaping, and would meet his wife Ingrid. It was upon his move to The United States that he saw boxing for the first time after a co-worker made a comment about Mike Tyson.

Around this time Teixeira saw MMA for the first time and was inspired by fighters Like Royce Gracie and Chuck Lidell; he then decided to take up Brazilian jiu-jitsu and also started training in boxing while working 10-12 hours Landscaping. Eventually Liddell would become Teixeira’s training partner in California at a gym called the Pit which was owned by John Hackleman.  Teixeira would eventually earn his 7th Degree Hawaiian Kempo Black Belt under the tutelage of Hackleman sometime later. Unfortunately Teixeira was found out by US authorities as being here illegally and was deported back to Brazil where he continued fighting for Numerous promotions ultimately compiling a 17-2 record. 

Teixeira’s impressive MMA record would catch the attention of Dana White and the UFC who would sign Teixeira in February of 2012. Teixeira would make his UFC debut in May of that same year at UFC 146 where he faced off against Kyle Kingsbury.  Teixeira would win by Submission (arm-triangle choke.) Teixeira would go on to win his next four fights compiling a promotional record of 5-0 earning him a title shot against MMA Light Heavyweight King and champion Jon Jones who had defended the Belt a whopping six times already Teixeira would fall short of the title but he was down, but not out.

From the point of his loss to Jones to his loss to Corey Anderson, Teixeira would go 5-4 the only real rough patch of his career. He’d learn from this rough patch and go on a five fight win streak earning Teixeira another title shot. This time he was ready, earning a victory over Jan Błachowicz by Submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 267 for the Light Heavyweight belt. The 42 year old Teixeira would become the second oldest UFC Champion in the promotion’s history. 

Teixeira was welcomed home in Connecticut with a large gathering to celebrate his win. It is not known who Texeira will face next, but the fighter has an amazing story and hopefully he’ll be able to put together a few successful title defenses before retirement.

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Should The UFC Do More Free Numbered Cards Like UFC 267?

Latest UFC rankings update: Glover Teixeira takes over No. 1 spot, Yan  Xiaonan climbs to No. 3 - MMAmania.com
New Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira. Photo courtesy of Zuffa llc.

UFC 267 was truly special! Two title fights, a stacked card, and it was free to US ESPN+ subscribers. The UFC outdid itself with these fights. Absolutely amazing we got this reward for being fans of this sport. They definitely didn’t need to do it, but they did and it was great. This was the first free numbered event the UFC had put on since UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz all the way back in November of  2011. This makes one think about if the UFC should put on more free cards especially cards with title fights with the hopes of exposing more top level fighters to the masses?

One argument for more free cards is Exposure. The UFC has a major deal with ESPN and broadcasting a free numbered card once a year would be awesome especially with the idea of title fights being on the card. One Card I definitely thought could have been free was August’s UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane. This would have been an awesome card to give to subscribers for free. As it was an interim title fight it would’ve peaked interest in the Unification bout with current Champion Francis Ngannou with ultimately an opportunity to sell more PPV’s as Ciryl Gane is a relatively unknown fighter who’s only been fighting MMA for three years.

MMA is a new sport most baby boomers don’t even know exists. There’s no Mickey Mantle or Carl Yazstremski for them in MMA that they grew up with. They may know some Martial arts practitioners like Bruce Lee are and they may know who Conor McGregor is because his face was everywhere after his boxing debut against Floyd Maywether. It’d be great to get that older generation into the sport by showing more amazing title fights for free, because live MMA is something else it hits differently. 

The answer is truly complicated as the fight game is not a game.  It’s a business, and fighters need to get paid and The UFC and Zuffa need to take their cut. One of the hot button issues with MMA is fighter pay. The fighters who stay active make a lot of money,  and the UFC knows this and they need to take its cut. This is why they started off on the PPV model, and how they have stayed relevant with these amazing cards that they have put on with some of the best fighters in the world. It is important to make money but a nice treat for fans to get exposure to some of these higher profile fights.

UFC 267 was a gift from the fight gods, we got to see some amazing performances from these fighters. Hopefully it won’t be another 10 years before the UFC offers another free numbered event as it would definitely bring more exposure to these amazing fighters that we all know and love.

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UFC 267 Preview

UFC 259: Blachowicz v Adesanya
Reigning Light Heavyweight Champion Polish powerhouse house Jan Blachowicz Photo Courtesy of Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC 267 is fast approaching, the UFC numbered event will be the first free card offered to United States based ESPN+ subscribers. UFC 267 will also be the first card to be not on Pay Per View since UFC 139 in 2011. And this card is stacked and the price is right with two title fights and three, three round bouts. 

The first bout of note will be between Lightweight’s Islam Makachev and Dan Hooker. Number five ranked UFC Lightweight Makachev was set to face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 26, but former Lightweight Champion Dos Anjos has been forced to pull out of the fight due to injury. On Thursday September 30th Dana White announced that number six ranked UFC Lightweight Dan Hooker would be stepping into fight Makachev. Both Makachev and Hooker are coming off victories in their last fights, with Makachev securing a victory against Thiago Moises by Submission (rear-naked choke.) Hooker pulled off an impressive victory at UFC 266 against Nasrat Haqparast. The win by decision was even more spectacular considering that Hooker had arrived in the country less than 48 hours before the fight

The first title fight that will take place at UFC 267 will be an interim title fight between number one ranked Bantamweight Petr Yan and number three ranked Bantamweight Corey Sandhagen. Yan is coming off a loss at UFC 259 in march where he lost his belt to Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling due to an Disqualification (illegal knee.) Yan who has only lost once before UFC 259 looks to win the interim title and hopefully win a unification bout against Aljamain Sterling to become the new UFC Bantamweight champion. Corey Sandhagen who took this fight short notice is coming off a loss to number 2 ranked Bantamweight, TJ Dillishaw.

The second title fight of the night will be between Light Heavyweight king Jan Błachowicz and number one ranked Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira. Błachowicz is coming off his first successful title defense with a win over Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 259.   Błachowicz is of Polish descent and only the second Polish champion in the promotion’s history. Błachowicz will be facing a tough Teixeira who has won his last five fights. This will be Teixeira’s second title shot. Tiexiera’s first title shot was against Jon Jones who won via unanimous  Decision at UFC 172 in April of 2014. It’s sure to be a great fight between these two MMA veterans. 

This UFC card is absolutely stacked and the price is right with two title fights and three, three round bouts how could you go wrong. Tune in live on ESPN+ on October 30th at 2pm. 

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DAN HOOKER NAMED AS STAND IN TO FIGHT ISLAM MAKHACHEV AT UFC 267

Islam Makhachev works for a submission against Drew Dober in their lightweight fight during UFC 259. Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Islam Makhachev trys to win via submission against Drew Dober at UFC 259. Photo courtesy of: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Number five ranked UFC Lightweight Islam Makachev was set to face Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 267 on October 30th.  But former Lightweight Champion Dos Anjos has been forced to pull out of the fight due to injury. On Thursday September 30th Dana White announced that number six ranked UFC Lightweight Dan Hooker would be stepping into fight Makachev.

Hooker pulled off an impressive victory Saturday night against Nasrat Haqparast. The win by decision was even more spectacular considering that hooker had arrived in the country less than 48 hours from his native New Zealand due to issues with his work Visa. Hooker will train for the fight that was offered to him the same day it was announced in Las Vegas, and then will travel to Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. 

Often hailed as the second coming of the greatest lightweight of all time, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Islam Makhachev is making his own name in the UFC, and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC Lightweight division. A division packed with amazing fighters and big names. Makachev has been on an eight fight win streak. With wins over big names, Thiago Moises and Drew Dober. He hopes to add Hooker to the list of names in his win column on October 30th. 

It is rumored that UFC 267 will be a free event the first numbered UFC not to be a PPV since UFC 138 in November of 2011. The card will feature two title fights. The First being an interim title bout between number 1 Ranked Bantamweight Petr Yan and number three ranked Bantamweight Corey Sandhagen. The card will be headlined by Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz and number one ranked Light Heavyweight  Glover Teixiera. 

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