With nineteen straight wins including a plethora of pairings where he ended his opponent’s evening early, it’s hard to believe UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira is intimidated by any situation. However, until last night, he’d never had to fight in front of a childhood hero and personal inspiration.
As fans likely noticed, boxing legend Mike Tyson was in attendance at UFC 160 as a guest of UFC President Dana White. According to Teixeira, he grew up idolizing Tyson and dealt with some butterflies during his bout with James Te Huna.
“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 of his admiration of the notorious knockout machine, saying Tyson still influences his present as well. “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,’” joked Teixeira of the nervous anxiety he experienced.
In terms of his next tilt, the 21-2 Brazilian didn’t mention any specific opponents but made it clear he wasn’t interested in sitting around.
“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.”
Teixeira defeated Te Huna a little more than halfway through the opening round of their fight thanks to a Guillotine Choke. The submission finish was the sixth of his career.
The full interview with Teixeira can be seen below: