|Born||October 28, 1979
Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||76.0 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Danbury, CT|
|Team||Glover Teixeira Training Center|
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Luigi Mondelli|
|Years active||2002-present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Glover Lucas Teixeira (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 April 16, 2016, he is ranked #2 in the world in official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings. and ranked the #2 Light Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Teixeira is originally from the rural community of Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil. His neighborhood had no traffic signals, there was no electricity in many of the homes, and there was a single 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- to 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.
Mixed martial arts career
Teixeira earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Luigi Mondelli, head coach at American Top Team Connecticut. Teixeira currently trains and instructs at Glover Teixeira Training Center and American Top Team Connecticut in Danbury, CT.
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. 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 earned 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 was expected to take place on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170. Jones and Teixeira eventually took place on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172. Teixeira lost the bout via unanimous decision.
Teixeira was expected to face Rashad Evans on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61. However, on January 7, Teixeira pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury that he had sustained in his last fight was slow to heal.
Teixeira faced Ovince Saint Preux on August 8, 2015 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 73. Teixeira won via submission in the third round. He was also awarded his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Teixeira was expected to face Anthony Johnson on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20. However, Johnson pulled out of the bout to tend to personal issues. The bout was rescheduled and eventually took place at UFC 202. Johnson defeated Teixeira by knockout in the opening seconds of the fight.
Championships & accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- South America 220-pound Championship (One time)
- 2012 Beatdown of the Year vs. Fábio Maldonado
- 2012 All-Violence Second Team
- 2013 All-Violence Third Team
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||25 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||25–5||Anthony Johnson||KO (punch)||UFC 202||August 20, 2016||1||0:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–4||Rashad Evans||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||April 16, 2016||1||1:48||Tampa, Florida, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||24–4||Patrick Cummins||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3||November 7, 2015||2||1:12||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||23–4||Ovince Saint Preux||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||3||3:10||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||22–4||Phil Davis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 179||October 25, 2014||3||5:00||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|
|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||TKO (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 the Shooto South America 220 lbs 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 anos do 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)||PFC 7.5: New Blood||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 5, 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 and 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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