UFC Fight Night 28 will serve as a special night for light heavyweight Glover Teixeira. In addition to the event hosting his first UFC headliner, the card is a homecoming for the well-rounded Brazilian in addition to being an opportunity to cement a future shot at the divisional strap.
“I’ve never fought in Minas Gerais, my home state. This time I’m going to be fighting in my home state, and I’m very excited,” said Teixeira in an interview with MMAJunkie of the added bonus of fighting in Brazil. “My family is going to be there for the first time. The trip is a little long, but that’s part of the job.”
However, Teixeira knows he is headed there to do a job, not go sightseeing. The typically soft-spoken scrapper is 4-0 in the Octagon and will be seeking his twentieth straight win when he squares off with Ryan Bader. With that sort of momentum, the polished finisher knows he’s on the cusp of contending for the championship and is ready to fulfill what he believes is his destiny.
“I’m ready to fight for the title tomorrow. I’m ready to get the title,” exclaimed Teixeira. “If Alexander Gustafsson gets hurt – and I hope he doesn’t, I don’t want that for anybody – but I’m always there. If I don’t get hurt in the Ryan Bader fight, I’ll fight Jon Jones.”
The bout between Jones-Gustafsson is set to take place two weeks after Teixeira’s tilt, showing exactly motivated the latter is when it comes to the upcoming effort. UFC Fight Night 28 is scheduled for September 4 and airs on FOX Sports 1.