UFC 160: Glover Teixeira Deserves Next Shot At Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones

By Kevin Jaress
David Banks-USA Today Sports

At UFC 160, Glover Teixeira made quick work of his overmatched opponent, James Te Huna.

After drilling Te Huna with several solid strikes, Teixeira went for the kill by securing a lightning-fast takedown and sinking in a guillotine choke for the submission victory. The entire fight lasted well under three minutes.

Not only did Teixeira show the MMA world he is ready for a big step up in competition, the Brazilian proved he is the most deserving contender to face UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.

Despite Teixeira’s dominant performance, the general consensus in the MMA community is that Alexander Gustafsson is next in line for the title shot.

While Gustafsson is on a six fight winning streak, he has failed to finish any of his opponents since 2011. This includes a hard-fought decision victory over un-ranked Thiago Silva.

Teixeira, on the other hand, has steamrolled his last several opponents by finishing three of his previous four in devastating fashion. In the only fight of that streak, in which Teixeira was unable to secure a stoppage, he dominated Quinton Jackson for a lopsided decision victory.

Teixeira, who was awarded a “Submission of the Night” bonus for his spectacular finish Saturday night, expressed his desire to get back in the Octagon quickly. When asked at the post fight press conference if he would be demanding a title shot, however, Teixeira indicated he would be happy with whomever the UFC matches him up against.

“I am excited for my next fight,” Teixeira stated, without indicating a preference for his next opponent.

Once the dust settles from UFC 160, the UFC will begin the process of selecting Jones’ next challenger. As his recent successes have proven, Teixeira matches up best against Jones and deserves the next shot at his light heavyweight belt.

You May Also Like