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Is This The Most Dangerous Man In The UFC? article: Glover Teixeira

|By PK Mills|

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua wanted nothing to do with him. Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson conveniently got injured just before a fight with him. And former UFC light-heavyweight champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans said “no way” when offered the chance to fight him. Why is everyone afraid to fight Glover Teixeira?

To answer the question, let me first tell you a bit about this rising star with bricks for hands. For everyone except the most hardcore MMA fans, Glover Teixeira is a hard-hitting Brazilian prospect with a stellar 18-2 record. Of these 18 victories, only two have ever gone to a decision. It’s safe to say that Teixeira finishes fights. While clearly comfortable with the grappling game – five of his wins are by submission – Teixeira is best described as a knockout artist. Teixeira is currently riding a 16-fight winning streak and hasn’t tasted defeat in over six years. One of his childhood idols was the legendary Mike Tyson, a man who knew a thing or two about knockouts during his heyday. In fact, the first combat sport Teixeira tried was boxing, due in part to his love of Mike Tyson fights. Shortly after, a friend showed him a tape of the first UFC starring Hall of Famer Royce Gracie. Teixeira was intrigued to say the least. In December of 2001, Glover Teixeira walked into his first martial arts facility and never looked back.

Teixeira is best described as a knockout artist. He is currently riding a 16-fight winning streak and hasn’t tasted defeat in over six years.

About a year later, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was presented to Teixeira. After losing his MMA debut at heavyweight in the WEC, he was introduced to UFC icon Chuck Liddell and his longtime trainer John Hackleman. Both were impressed with the toughness and heart Teixeira showed during his debut fight and invited him to join them in San Luis Obispo California, home of the infamous “Pit”, to be a training partner to Liddell. From 2004 to 2006, Glover Teixeira was the secret weapon in Chuck Liddell’s training camp and played a major role in preparing Chuck for his many title defenses.

Unfortunately, Teixeira ran into adversity in 2007 when problems with his visa forced him back to Brazil. In what was supposed to be a six-week visit to sort out his immigration status, Teixeira was stuck in Brazil, unable to return to the US for three years. He remained active during this time, competing in 12 fights and dominating in every one of them.

In his UFC debut earlier this year against the highly regarded Kyle Kingsbury, Teixeira submitted him with an arm-triangle choke in less than two minutes into the first round. Despite his success and phenomenal fight streak, Teixeira remains humble. He realizes that he has much to prove but also recognizes that he’s a dangerous fight for anyone in the light-heavyweight division.

Recently, Chuck has gone as far as to say Glover will be the UFC light-heavyweight champion one day. The former champ has now become a coach to Teixeira. On top of all this, Glover Teixeira is also managed by Black House MMA, home to such fighters as the Nogueira brothers and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva. With a team like this in his corner, it’s easy to understand why the light heavyweight division should be afraid of Glover Teixeira. Very afraid.

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By |October 3rd, 2012|Articles|

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Strong Athlete was founded in 2011 by Strength & Conditioning Experts PK Mills and Gaétan Boutin. With over 40+ years of combined experience in sports nutrition, athletics, and fitness, the Strong Athlete team is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their maximum potential through a holistic approach to training, nutrition, and mindset.

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