UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira is ready to stake his claim as a consensus top contender and plans on going through former champion Rashad Evans in order to do so. Teixeira expressed interest in facing the winner of Evans’ match-up with Dan Henderson earlier this month and, after scoring a Split Decision victory, the 33-year old made it clear the desire to duke it out was mutual.
Teixeira spoke about the potential pairing in a recent interview with TATAME where he gave Evans due credit but didn’t back off the challenge, even going so far as to provide a rough timeframe for the throwdown.
“Rashad is a dangerous guy for anyone. Has good striking, wrestling, and certainly a good Jiu-Jitsu. No one was UFC champion for nothing,” said Teixeira. “He performed well against Dan Henderson and I think would make a great fight. It offers danger, but we are in this event for this. The greater the challenge, the greater the victory.”
“For me, this fight is already accepted,” he concluded. “Rashad should want two weeks to rest then in late August or September, if this fight went out, would be very good. I’m always ready.”
The 21-2 Teixeira is 4-0 since signing with the UFC including wins over James Te Huna and Quinton Jackson. Eighteen of his instances of success have featured a stoppage including twelve TKOs and six submissions. By comparison, Evans holds a professional mark of 18-3-1 including eight finishes and past victories over highly-touted foes such as Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Phil Davis, and Chuck Liddell.
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