Dana White Wants Glover Teixeira to Fight a ‘Top Guy’ Before Considering a UFC Title Shot


UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira may have only had two fights inside the Octagon, but company president Dana White has already been impressed with what he has seen thus far from the Brazilian.

Teixeira made his UFC debut at UFC 146 in May, where he choked out Kyle Kingsbury in the second round. He followed that up with a TKO stoppage on Saturday night against fellow Brazilian Fabio Maldonado at UFC 153 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“He put on a great fight tonight against a tough guy and I have to give props to him,” White said after the fight. “Maldonado was unbelievably tough tonight, and some of the shots he was taking were unbelievable.”

When asked whether Teixeira is in line for a shot at Jon Jones‘ belt, White responded, “He’s going to have to fight one of the top guys before we start talking about title shots.”

White was then asked if Phil Davis, who also fought on the UFC 153 fight card, was a possibility as Jones’ next opponent. The UFC president was non-committal, but answered, “maybe Phil.”

Following his win, Teixeira called out his original opponent Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was forced to pull out because of injury.

“I’d like to fight Quinton Jackson. I never talked (expletive) about him. I don’t talk about him. He was my idol. I loved that guy coming up in Pride. But he says I was talking bad about him. I’m not talking bad about him. I’m not afraid of no man,” said Teixeira.

“Step in the ring with me; I’ll fight anyone.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your UFC 153 fight coverage.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 65 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is just a few days ahead of what is arguably the biggest fight of his life against No. 1 contender Danie Cormier in the main event of UFC 182, and instead of read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 38 views

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will square off for UFC's light heavyweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas. Before the actual fight are the media day faceoffs and the weigh-ins. With the melee that t read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones won’t be stripped of his title after testing positive for cocaine metabolites in out-of-competition testing a month before UFC 182, and former 205-pound title read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 53 views

In news that's not particularly surprising, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Irish featherweight sensation Conor McGregor will be next for Jose Aldo if he gets past Dennis Siver on January 19t read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

While it has long been speculated that a title shot could be on the line for Conor McGregor when he faces Dennis Siver in Boston, it is no longer speculation. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 15 views

The UFC is in line to get a golden egg from its new favorite goose, Conor McGregor. According to UFC President Dana White, the Irishman will be next in line to face featherweight champion Jose Aldo, read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Anderson Silva could be one victory away from a third crack at UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, according to company president Dana White.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC president Dana White confirmed to UFC Tonight that Anderson Silva will jump to the front of the line and earn a middleweight title shot if he beats Nick Diaz on January 31st. Apparently one of th read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 13 views

The revelation that UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones failed a December drug test due to cocaine metabolites and has recently checked into a drug rehabilitation center has shaken MMA to the core. The q read news >>