UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira has a winning streak surpassing all others on the organization’s roster at 205 pounds including four victories inside the Octagon, three of which featured a finishing performance. However, Teixeira hasn’t taken time out of his schedule to demand a title-shot or hint at sitting out until one is laid in his lap. Rather, the 33-year old understands he doesn’t need to call for an opportunity he is already confident will come his way so long as he continues to do know he knows he is capable of.
“They offered me (Mauricio Rua) in my second fight in the UFC. Then I was going to fight (Quinton Jackson) in my second fight, but he got hurt, and I had to fight Fabio Maldonado. So I think the UFC is doing it right,” said the 21-2 Teixeira to MMAJunkie of his path towards a crack at the championship. “They gave me Ryan Bader for my last fight. He’s a big name, but it ended up being James Te Huna. They’re all tough guys, don’t get me wrong. The big names can make a difference for exposure, but those up-and-coming guys are tough, too. I really don’t care. I know sooner or later, I’m going to get that title.”
Teixeira’s self-assurance is the product of feeling as though he’s finally entered his prime.
“I’m ready to fight anyone right now,” he exclaimed. “At this stage, I feel so confident. I’m healthy. I found how to run a perfect camp, how my body adjusts to everything. And if I’m not injured, I can fight anyone.”
Lately, Teixeira has been linked to a match-up with former divisional king Rashad Evans. Though the well-rounded Brazilian wasn’t able to provide any additional insight on his next opponent, he did go so far as to say he expected his next scrap to come in September. The UFC currently has two shows scheduled for the month in question – UFC on FS 3 (9/4) and UFC 165 (9/21). Both could be logical landing spots, as the first is set for Brazil and the second features light heavyweight champ Jon Jones defending his belt against surging Swede Alexander Gustafsson.