Glover Teixeira

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Glover Teixeira
Born (1979-10-28) October 28, 1979 (age 34)
Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Residence Danbury, Connecticut
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, FL
Team The Pit
American Top Team
Black House (MMA)
Trainer John Hackleman
Steve Mocco
Rank Second degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2002-present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 22
By knockout 13
By submission 6
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Glover Lucas Teixeira[2] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɡloveʁ tejˈʃejɾɐ]; born October 28, 1979) 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. He has also competed in the WEC, Impact FC, PFC, and Shooto. As of May 26, 2014, he is #4 in official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings[3] and ranked the #5 Light Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.[4]

Background[edit]

Teixeira is originally from Sobràlia, Minas Gerais Brazil. It was a very small town. His neighborhood had no traffic signals, there was no electricity in many of the homes, and there was 1 gas station. He moved to Danbury, Connecticut in 1999 to help support his family and quickly found a job in landscaping. It was there that he met his wife, Ingrid. 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 hour days 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.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Teixeira earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Luigi Mondelli, head coach at American Top Team Connecticut. Teixeira currently trains and instructs at The Pit.

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.

Teixeira defeated future UFC and PRIDE veteran Sokoudjou by KO on October 12, 2006 at WEC 24.

Teixeira was featured in the second season opening episode of the MMA reality television series TapouT.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On February 21, 2012, it was announced that Teixeira had signed a deal with UFC and would make his debut in early summer 2012.[6]

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.[7]

Teixeira was expected to face former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[8] However, Jackson pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Fábio Maldonado.[9] 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. 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.[10]

Teixeira was expected to face Ryan Bader on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[11] However, Bader withdrew from the bout citing an injury and was replaced by James Te Huna.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] With the victory, Teixeira earned an opportunity at the UFC Light Heavyweight title.[15]

Zuffa initially announced Teixeira would face Jon Jones on February 1, 2014 at UFC 169.[16] 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.[17] The bout with Jones was expected to take place on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170.[18] Jones and Teixeira eventually took place on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[19] Teixeira lost the one sided bout via unanimous decision.[20]

Teixeira is expected to face Phil Davis on October 25, 2014 at UFC 179.[21]

Championships & accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Phil Davis UFC 179 October 25, 2014 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 22–3 Jon Jones Decision (unanimous) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 5 5:00 Baltimore, Maryland, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 22–2 Ryan Bader TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader September 4, 2013 1 2:55 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Knockout of the Night.
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, Brazil Sherdog's 2012 Beatdown of the Year.
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, Brazil
Win 16–2 Marvin Eastman KO (punch) Shooto Brasil: Fight for BOPE August 25, 2011 1 4:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 15–2 Antonio Mendes Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Brazil 24 August 5, 2011 1 4:06 Brasília, 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, Brazil
Win 13–2 Simão Melo KO (punches) Shooto Brazil 23 June 4, 2011 1 1:49 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, Australia
Win 10–2 Tiago Tosato KO (punches) Bitetti Combat MMA 7 May 28, 2010 1 1:27 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 9–2 Joaquim Ferreira TKO (corner stoppage) Bitetti Combat MMA 6 February 25, 2010 2 1:30 Brasília, 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 TKO (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[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss Brazil Gabriel Vella Points ADCC Brasil trials (Over 99KG) 2011
Win Brazil Armando Sapo Submission ADCC Brasil trials (Over 99KG) 2011
Win Brazil Salvador Minnit Submission ADCC Brasil trials (Over 99KG) 2011
Win Brazil Jorge Bezerra Points ADCC Brasil trials(Over 99KG) 2011
Loss Brazil Vinny Magalhães Submission (Armbar) ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG) 2009
Loss United States Gerardi Rinaldi Points ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG) 2009
Win United States Dean Lister Points ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG) 2009
Win Finland Vesa Vuori Points ADCC Barcelona (Under 99 KG) 2009
Win Brazil Leonardo Chocolate Submission (Rear naked choke) ADCC Brasil trails (Under 99KG) 2009
Win Brazil Renato Ferreira Points ADCC Brasil trails (Under 99KG) 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 172 Jones vs. Teixeira". UFC.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2012%20Results%20Web/05-26-12%20MMA.pdf
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ "Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. January 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  5. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mma--glover-teixeira-poised-to-become-ufc-star-after-rising-from-humble-life-in-brazil.html
  6. ^ "Glover Teixeira signs with UFC, targeted for early-summer debut". mmajunkie.com. February 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Glover Teixeira vs Kyle Kingsbury booked for May 26 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. February 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "UFC 153 adds Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira". MMAjunkie.com. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  9. ^ Halvatzis Jr., George (September 12, 2012). "Fabio Maldonado Fills In For Quinton Jackson, Set To Fight Glover Teixeira In Co-Main Event Of UFC 153". mmamania.com. 
  10. ^ Martin, Damon (November 6, 2012). "Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Announces He’s Facing Glover Teixeira at UFC on Fox 6". MMAWeekly.com. 
  11. ^ "Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira light heavyweight bout booked for UFC 160". MMAjunkie.com. February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ Alexander, Mookie (2013-03-11). "Ryan Bader injured, James Te Huna fights Glover Teixeira at UFC 160". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  13. ^ Mike Whitman (June 26, 2013). "Glover Teixeira-Ryan Bader Headlines Sept. 4 UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Brazil". sherdog.com. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-09-04). "UFC Fight Night 28 bonuses: Teixeira, Hallman, Natal, Troeng earn $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  15. ^ "Dana White Declares Glover Teixeira Gets Next UFC Light Heavyweight Title Shot". 2013-09-05. 
  16. ^ Smith, Sean (2013-10-03). "UFC 169 Fight Card: Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira Official on Super Bowl Weekend". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ Hall, Chris (2013-11-22). "Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira set for UFC 170 on February 22". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  19. ^ Matt Erickson. "Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira set for April 26 at UFC 172 in Baltimore". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  20. ^ Brian Knapp. "Jon Jones Dominates Glover Teixeira, Retains Light Heavyweight Title at UFC 172". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  21. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-08-01). "Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis added to UFC 179 in Brazil". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 

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