Glover Teixeira will share a cage with Rashad Evans on April 16, replacing injured Mauricio Rua on five weeks’ notice in the co-main event of Tampa’s UFC on FOX 19, but admits that he would have said yes for any opponent the promotion had offered.
“I wanted to fight anyone because I don’t want to lose momentum and rhythm,” Teixeira told MMAFighting.com. “I wasn’t injured after the (Patrick) Cummins fight, and I wanted to fight. I will fight anyone. I will always fight anyone, anywhere.”
The Brazilian light heavyweight, who finished Cummins and Ovince St. Preux in 2015, was slated to face Evans in February of 2015, when he was coming off losses to Jon Jones and Phil Davis, but a knee injury kept him sidelined for months. At 2-0 since healing his knee, Teixeira will finally get a chance to fight the former champion.
“Rashad is a good fighter. It’s hard to fight him,” he said. “He has some good leg movement, he’s a good fighter and a good name, so let’s do this fight to climb one more step in the ladder.”
Even though he expects to move up the ladder towards a title shot, Teixeira doesn’t believe he will move in the rankings. Currently ranked at No. 4 in the UFC ranking, below champion Daniel Cormier and contenders Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson, the Brazilian believes he will continue at No. 4 after UFC on FOX 19.
“A win makes me more confident, more experienced, gives me more knowledge,” Teixeira said. “I don’t know where I am in the division. I don’t pay attention to those things. I believe I’m a top 5, but it won’t change anything. What’s going to change? If I lose to him, it would change, but ….View full article
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