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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC on FOX 19’s Glover Teixeira

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC on FOX 19 headliner Glover Teixeira, who looks to advance toward a title shot this Saturday (April 16, 2016) inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Heavy-handed Brazilian, Glover Teixeira, is set to battle with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight strap-hanger, Rashad Evans, this Saturday (April 16, 2016) at UFC on FOX 19 inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Outside of a rough 2014 — in which Teixeira dropped disappointing decisions to both Jon Jones and Phil Davis — Teixeira has been phenomenal. Leading up to his title fight with Jones, “Hands of Stone” was finishing opponents left and right.

Though some doubted Teixeira following those consecutive losses, he’s proven his continued worth. In his last two bouts, the Brazilian has finished a pair of ranked fighters and proved himself an elite fighter. Now, he’ll continue working toward the title in this match up with the former champ.

Let’s take a closer look at his skill set:


Teixeira hits like a Heavyweight. Living up to his nickname, the Brazilian has finished 14 of his opponents via knockout. In addition, his striking game may not particularly complex, but the only man to ever defeat Teixeira standing was “Bones” Jones.

For the most part, Teixeira relies upon his boxing. More accurately, Teixeira often simply looks to his right hand. Since a successful cross or hook from Teixeira usually stuns his opponent and can easily end the fight, that’s not such a bad strategy.

Much of the time Teixeira fights, he’s stalking his opponent looking for his right hand over the top. His pressure forces his opponent to respond, and Teixeira is just waiting for his opponent to flick out a jab or even a left ….View full article

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