Top UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira needed to impress in his matchup against Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil, and that’s exactly what transpired.
The powerful Brazilian secured a title shot against the winner of this month’s title fight at UFC 165 between champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson by scoring a first-round TKO. The performance garnered Teixeira a Knockout of the Night bonus. He’s now a perfect 5-0 in the Octagon and has won 20 fights in a row in his MMA career.
It was an interesting bout while it lasted; Teixeira showed a surprisingly good grappling game against Bader, who was a standout wrestler at Arizona State. Bader showed some good power in the standup department as he knocked Teixeira down with a short left hook and followed up with some right hands.
However, Bader’s aggression proved his downfall as he was nailed by a devastating right hand-left hook combination that left him reeling on the canvas. Teixeira, an absolutely brutal finisher, moved in for the kill and a series of strikes finished Bader at two minutes and 55 seconds of the opening round.
Teixeira admitted in the post-fight interview that he was disappointed about getting knocked down, but was clear-headed throughout and said that it was a good wake-up call.
Teixeira has lived up to the hype so far in his UFC tenure as only Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has heard the final bell amongst his five opponents. He’s clearly a tough assignment for anyone in the division and presents a formidable challenge to the winner of the September 21 fight in Toronto.
Teixeira’s detractors will say the fight showed he is human and can be hurt. What we do know is that while Jones and Gustafsson are focused on one another come UFC 165, they both know the danger that comes next.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports