Glover Teixeira is set to take on his toughest challenge inside the UFC. He’s facing Jon Jones at UFC 172 for the light heavyweight belt. Leading up to this championship fight, Teixeira has certainly impressed. He’s gone through some tough fighters such as Fabio Maldonado, Rampage Jackson and Ryan Bader.
None of these fighters are close to the caliber of fighter Jones is, though. That said, as we saw in Jones’ last fight with Alexander Gustafsson, he’s got some chinks in his amour. Gustafsson was able to have some success at preventing the takedowns from Jones, and he was able to use his range to keep the champ guessing throughout the fight.
It was one of Jones’ toughest bouts to date, and Teixeira is hoping he can capitalize on his mistakes when they square off. Even though Gustafsson had a lot of success against Jones, Teixeira will not be following the blueprint. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, Teixeira shared his thoughts about his strategy:
“In a perfect world, I’ll win via first-round knockout. But I believe it’s going to be a tough fight. Jon Jones is an excellent fighter, so I expect a tough bout. We see holes in every fight but this last one (against Gustafsson) showed more. But I can’t train focused on that. I have to believe in my boxing and wrestling to impose my game.”
Glover doesn’t have the range and size that Gustafsson does, so it’s smart of him to realize he needs to take a different approach against Jones, who is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Glover has one-punch knockout power, and this may be his best path to victory. In the event he gets taken down, he can always bust out his black belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, which has helped him win by submission six times in his career.