Next month, Glover Teixeira will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his close friend and training partner, Chuck Liddell, when he faces Jon Jones at UFC 172.
The two will meet for the light heavyweight title, a belt Liddell previously held.
John Hackleman, who helped lead Liddell to greatness inside the Octagon and now coaches Teixeira, recently talked with ” target=”_blank”>Submission Radio about his new title-contender.
“I think his ‘ace in the hole’ is his unbelievable one-punch knockout power,” Hackleman said. “He got caught once or twice. It’s a fight. We work a lot on defense.
“Just like in swimming, you jump into the water, you’re gonna get wet. If you jump into a fight, you’re gonna get hit.”
Hackleman doesn’t believe it will be an issue for Teixeira (22-2), who has won 13 of his fights via knockout. One of his two career losses was of the knockout variety, but he has scored recent finishes over the likes of Ryan Bader, James Te Huna and Fabio Maldonado. Hackleman’s comments were in regards to the knockdown that Bader handed Teixeira last year.
“It’s like telling a football team, ‘Oh, your guy got tackled once or twice,'” he said. “He got hit once or twice, so he really has good defense. But it’s a fight and when somebody so dominant gets hit at all, people are like, ‘The guy got tagged.'”