October 28, 1979 |
Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Luis Obispo, California|
American Top Team
Black House (MMA)
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Years active||2002-present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Glover Lucas Saifoh Teixeira (born October 28, 1979 in Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former member of the Brazilian National Wrestling Team, who currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Teixeira is currently ranked the #8 Light Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog. He has also competed in the WEC, Impact FC, PFC, and Shooto.
Teixeira is originally from a small town in Brazil. His neighborhood had no traffic signals and there was no electricity in any of the homes. He moved to Danbury, Connecticut in 1999 to help support his family and quickly found a job in landscaping. After watching boxers such as Mike Tyson and the early mixed martial arts fighters such as Royce Gracie and Chuck Liddell compete, Teixeira decided that he wanted to follow the same path. He had never heard of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but was able to find and watch videos of UFC 1 and UFC 2 which featured the legendary UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie. After working 10–12 hours landscaping, Teixeira would then go train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at American Top Team Connecticut. John Hackleman had trained a fighter who fought Teixeira and was impressed by the young Brazilian. Hackleman invited Teixeira to his gym in California, The Pit, where Teixeira began training with UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell.
Mixed martial arts career
His background includes a variety of grappling and MMA tournaments: Grapplers Quest, NAGA, Sport Fight (where he was the Light Heavyweight Champion). Under submission wrestling rules, he grappled with well known fighters Jeff Monson and Brandon Vera. He won the 2009 Brazilian ADCC trials in the under 99 kg division, and in the 2011 Brazilian ADCC trials he took second place.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On February 21, 2012, it was announced that Teixeira had signed a deal with UFC and would make his debut in early summer 2012.
Teixeira debuted at the UFC facing Kyle Kingsbury on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146. After a quick exchange, Teixeira knocked Kingsbury down with a right uppercut, gained full mount, locked an arm-triangle choke, switched to side control and forced his opponent to tap at 1:53 of the first round.
Teixeira was expected to face former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. However, Jackson pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Fábio Maldonado. Teixeira dominated Maldonado throughout the fight with multiple takedowns and vicious ground and pound, resulting in the doctor stopping the fight at the end of round two.
Teixeira/Jackson took place on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6. Despite being hit by almost every jab Jackson threw, Teixeira outboxed him with jabs, body shots and combinations, even scoring a knockdown in round 1. He also outwrestled Jackson, surprisingly taking the former champion down at will, and used his jiu-jitsu to easily dominate him on the ground, repeatedly mounting and taking his back, proceeding to a unanimous decision win.
Teixeira was expected to face Ryan Bader on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. However, Bader withdrew from the bout citing an injury and was replaced by James Te Huna. Teixeira won by submission with a guillotine choke in the first round. The performance earned Teixeira Submission of the Night honors.
The bout with Bader eventually took place on September 4, 2013 as the main event at UFC Fight Night 28. Despite being dropped early in the first round by Bader, Teixeira rallied back and won the fight via TKO in the first round. The win also earned Teixeira his first Knockout of the Night bonus award. With the victory, Teixeira is expected to earn an opportunity at the UFC Light Heavyweight title.
Zuffa initially announced Teixeira would face Jon Jones on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169. However, on October 7, Dana White said the announcement for this fight on that card was premature and that Jones and Teixeira would face each other on a different card. The bout with Jones is now expected to take place on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170. However, Jones' camp recently announced that he decided to pull out of the February 22nd fight, citing inadequate preparation.
Championships & accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- South America 220-pound Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||22 wins||2 losses|
|Win||22–2||Ryan Bader||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader||September 4, 2013||1||2:55||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil||Knockout of the Night; UFC Light Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||21–2||James Te Huna||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 160||May 25, 2013||1||2:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||20–2||Quinton Jackson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||19–2||Fábio Maldonado||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 153||October 13, 2012||2||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||18–2||Kyle Kingsbury||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||1||1:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–2||Ricco Rodriguez||Submission (punches)||MMA Against Dengue||November 27, 2011||1||1:58||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||16–2||Marvin Eastman||KO (punch)||Shooto Brasil: Fight for BOPE||August 25, 2011||1||4:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||15–2||Antonio Mendes||Submission (rear naked choke)||Shooto Brazil 24||August 5, 2011||1||4:06||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil||Won Shooto South America 220-pound Championship.|
|Win||14–2||Márcio Cruz||TKO (punches)||Fight Club 1: Brazilian Stars||July 20, 2011||2||4:21||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||13–2||Simão Melo||KO (punches)||Shooto Brazil 23||June 4, 2011||1||1:49||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||12–2||Daniel Tabera||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat 8: 100 Years of Corinthians||December 4, 2010||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||11–2||Marko Peselj||TKO (punches)||Impact FC 2||July 18, 2010||1||3:01||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Win||10–2||Tiago Tosato||KO (punches)||Bitetti Combat MMA 7||May 28, 2010||1||1:27||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||9–2||Joaquim Ferreira||TKO (corner stoppage)||Bitetti Combat MMA 6||February 25, 2010||2||1:30||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Win||8–2||Leonardo Lucio Nascimento||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Bitetti Combat MMA 4||September 12, 2009||1||3:11||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||7–2||Buckley Acosta||KO (punches)||Palace Fighting Championships 7||February 20, 2008||1||1:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||6–2||Jorge Oliveira||KO (punches)||PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender||January 17, 2008||1||0:05||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||5–2||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||KO (punches)||WEC 24||October 12, 2006||1||1:41||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||4–2||Jack Morrison||Submission (rear naked choke)||WEC 22||July 28, 2006||1||1:27||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||3–2||Carlton Jones||KO (punches)||WEC 20||May 2, 2006||1||1:57||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Ed Herman||Decision (unanimous)||SF 9: Respect||March 26, 2005||3||5:00||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||2–1||Justin Ellison||TKO (punches)||SF 5: Stadium||August 28, 2004||1||N/A||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||1–1||Matt Horwich||Decision (unanimous)||SF 3: Dome||April 17, 2004||3||5:00||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Eric Schwartz||TKO (punches & elbows)||WEC 3||June 7, 2002||2||3:33||Lemoore, California, United States|
Submission grappling record
|Loss||Gabriel Vella||Points||ADCC Brasil trials (Over 99KG)||2011|
|Win||Armando Sapo||Submission||ADCC Brasil trials (Over 99KG)||2011|
|Win||Salvador Minnit||Submission||ADCC Brasil trials (Over 99KG)||2011|
|Win||Jorge Bezerra||Points||ADCC Brasil trials(Over 99KG)||2011|
|Loss||Vinny Magalhães||Submission (Armbar)||ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG)||2009|
|Loss||Gerardi Rinaldi||Points||ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG)||2009|
|Win||Dean Lister||Points||ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG)||2009|
|Win||Vesa Vuori||Points||ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG)||2009|
|Win||Leonardo Chocolate||Submission (Rear naked choke)||ADCC Brasil trails (Under 99KG)||2009|
|Win||Renato Ferreira||Points||ADCC Brasil trails (Under 99KG)||2009|
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- Pishna, Ken (2013-10-07). "Dana White Nixes Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira for UFC 169 Super Bowl Fight Card". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
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