|Born||28 October 1979|
Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Residence||Danbury, Connecticut, United States|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Bethel, Connecticut, United States|
|Team||Teixeira MMA & Fitness|
|Trainer||Fernely Feliz Sr.|
|Rank||5th degree black belt in Kajukenbo under John Hackleman |
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 28 October 1979) is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is a former member of the Brazilian National Wrestling Team and has competed in the WEC, Impact FC, PFC, and Shooto. He is the second oldest UFC champion in history behind Randy Couture and the oldest first time champion in UFC history. As of November 2, 2021, he is #12 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.
Teixeira is originally from the rural community of Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil and is of Portuguese descent. There was no electricity in many of the homes in his community, and there was only one gas station. He moved to Danbury, Connecticut in 1999 to help support his family and 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 UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie. After working 10 to 12-hour days landscaping, Teixeira did boxing training at Hat City Boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at American Top Team Connecticut. John Hackleman, who had trained a fighter who fought Teixeira and was impressed by the young Brazilian, invited Teixeira to his gym in California, The Pit, where Teixeira began training with Chuck Liddell. Teixeira now trains and instructs at his own gym Teixeira MMA & Fitness in Bethel, Connecticut. In November 2020, Teixeira became an American citizen. "I'm so proud today because I’m officially an American Citizen. Now I’m very proud to represent both Brazil & America," said Teixeira.
Mixed martial arts career
Teixeira earned his 7th Degree Hawaiian Kempo Black Belt under Hackleman, owner of The Pit Martial Arts; he earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Luigi Mondelli, head coach at American Top Team Connecticut, and earned his Vale Tudo black belt under Marco Ruas of Ruas Vale Tudo. Teixeira is also CrossFit certified.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On 21 February 2012, it was announced that Teixeira had signed a deal with the UFC and would make his debut in early summer 2012.
Teixeira debuted in the UFC on 26 May 2012 at UFC 146, facing Kyle Kingsbury. 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 13 October 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, resulting in the doctor stopping the fight at the end of round two.
Teixeira and Quinton Jackson took place on 26 January 2013 at UFC on Fox 6. Teixeira outboxed Jackson and scored a knockdown in round 1. He also outwrestled Jackson and used his jiu-jitsu to dominate him on the ground, proceeding to a unanimous decision 30–27 (twice) and 29–28 win.
Teixeira was expected to face Ryan Bader on 25 May 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 4 September 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 1 February 2014 at UFC 169. However, on 7 October, 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 22 February 2014 at UFC 170. Jones and Teixeira eventually took place on 26 April 2014 at UFC 172. Teixeira lost the bout via unanimous decision.
Teixeira was expected to face Rashad Evans on 22 February 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61. However, on 7 January, Teixeira pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury that he had sustained in his last fight.
Teixeira faced Ovince Saint Preux on 8 August 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 23 July 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.
A rescheduled fight with Alexander Gustafsson eventually took place on 28 May 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 109. Teixeira lost the fight via knockout in the fifth round. Despite the loss, the bout earned Teixeira his second Fight of the Night bonus award.
Teixeira was scheduled to face Misha Cirkunov on 28 October 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119. However, the pairing was delayed after a recent hand surgery for Teixeira was slow to heal and the bout eventually took place on 16 December 2017 at UFC on Fox 26. Teixeira won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Teixeira was briefly linked to a bout with Volkan Oezdemir on 12 May 2018 at UFC 224. However, Oezdemir was pulled from that pairing in favor of a matchup with Maurício Rua at UFC Fight Night 134.
Teixeira was expected to face Ilir Latifi on 22 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134. However, on 5 July 2018, it was announced that Latifi was pulled from the event, citing injury. Latifi was replaced by Corey Anderson. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Teixeira was scheduled to face Ion Cuțelaba on 19 January 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 1. However, on 10 January 2019, Cuțelaba was pulled out of the bout due to injury. After seeking a replacement for Cuțelaba, the UFC announced that Karl Roberson was stepping up to face Teixeira. Teixeira defeated Roberson by submission via arm triangle choke in the first round.
Teixeira eventually faced Cuțelaba at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson on April 27, 2019. He won the fight via submission via a rear-naked choke submission in the second round. The win also earned Teixeira his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Teixeira was originally scheduled to face Anthony Smith on April 25, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed  and rescheduled to May 13, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira. He won the fight via technical knockout in round five.
Teixeira was scheduled to face Thiago Santos on September 12, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 177. However, due to Teixeira testing positive for COVID-19 a week prior to the bout, the pair was rescheduled to fight on October 4, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana. In turn, on September 15, the bout was postponed again as Santos also tested positive for the virus. The pairing with Santos eventually took place on November 7, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira. Teixeira won the fight via a submission in round three.
Teixeira was expected to face Jan Błachowicz on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266 for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. However, the bout was postponed and moved to October 30, 2021 at UFC 267. Teixeira won the fight by second-round rear-naked choke submission, winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. This win made him the oldest first time champion in UFC history at 42 years old, and also earned him the Performance of the Night award.
In May 2013, Teixeira had prepared testimony and spoke before the Members of the Connecticut General Assembly Public Safety and Security Committee. Teixeira spoke in hopes of encouraging their vote to legalize and regulate Mixed Martial Arts in Connecticut. Teixeira ended his testimony by stating, "Having been in Connecticut since 1999, I can tell you that MMA is a very popular sport here as it is all over the world. Ironically, I can sit in my living room in Danbury and watch MMA on television. I can buy it on Pay-Per-View. I can watch it in restaurants and bars across Connecticut. I can go to Mixed Martial Arts gyms throughout the state and train to compete in MMA. And I can attend live events in nearby and at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos. But I cannot participate in a supervised and regulated live event here in Connecticut. In conclusion, I would just add that I would love to have the opportunity to participate in an event someday here in my home state of Connecticut."
In November 2013, Teixeira attended the UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. This event was the fourth that the UFC had hosted in cooperation with a military base to support the military. It helps raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides support for severely wounded military personnel and veterans and the families of military personnel lost in service. The first event reportedly raised $4 million during its three-hour broadcast.
In February 2014, Teixeira went to the United States Capital and met with Senators John McCain and Harry Reid to support the continued research of the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center study of brain health. This landmark study is designed to look at the effects of combat sports on the human brain of professional fighters. This will continue the commitment to athlete safety and benefit athletes from many other sports. Also in attendance was UFC fighter Jon Jones, Chairman and CEO of The UFC Lorenzo Fertitta, SpikeTV President Kevin Kay, Top Rank President Todd duBoef, & Bernard Hopkins representing Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
In October 2014, Teixeira was a part of the 'Pink Bra' tour to raise money for early detection and prevention of breast cancer and breast cancer research. Danbury was one of 10 locations for 'Barbells for Boobs' on its 10-stop nationwide tour. "This is a good cause and I love it. I've lived in Danbury for the past 15 years, and anyway I can help I'm glad to," said Teixeira. 
In 2016, the New American Dream Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Tribuna CT Newspaper, recognized Teixeira with the "2016 American Dream Leadership Award". “I didn’t put Danbury on the map. Danbury put me on the map. Danbury gave me the opportunity to train and become the fighter I am today,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time, current)
- Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Rashad Evans, Ion Cuțelaba, Anthony Smith, and Jan Błachowicz
- Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Ryan Bader
- Submission of the Night (One time) vs. James Te-Huna
- Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Ovince Saint Preux and Alexander Gustafsson
- Most stoppage victories in UFC Light Heavyweight division (12)
- Most submission victories in UFC Light Heavyweight division (6)
- South America 220-pound Championship (One time)
- BT Sport
- 2020 Comeback of the Year
- Combat Press
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||33 wins||7 losses|
|Win||33–7||Jan Błachowicz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 267||30 October 2021||2||3:02||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||32–7||Thiago Santos||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira||7 November 2020||3||1:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||31–7||Anthony Smith||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira||13 May 2020||5||1:04||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||30–7||Nikita Krylov||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje||14 September 2019||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||29–7||Ion Cuțelaba||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson||27 April 2019||2||3:37||Sunrise, Florida, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||28–7||Karl Roberson||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw||19 January 2019||1||3:21||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Loss||27–7||Corey Anderson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith||22 July 2018||3||5:00||Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||27–6||Misha Cirkunov||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos||16 December 2017||1||2:45||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Loss||26–6||Alexander Gustafsson||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||28 May 2017||5||1:07||Stockholm, Sweden||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||26–5||Jared Cannonier||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 208||11 February 2017||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Loss||25–5||Anthony Johnson||KO (punch)||UFC 202||20 August 2016||1||0:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–4||Rashad Evans||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||16 April 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||7 November 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||8 August 2015||3||3:10||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||22–4||Phil Davis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 179||25 October 2014||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||22–3||Jon Jones||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 172||26 April 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||4 September 2013||1||2:55||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||21–2||James Te-Huna||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 160||25 May 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||26 January 2013||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||19–2||Fábio Maldonado||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 153||13 October 2012||2||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||18–2||Kyle Kingsbury||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 146||26 May 2012||1||1:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–2||Ricco Rodriguez||TKO (punches)||MMA Against Dengue||27 November 2011||1||1:58||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||16–2||Marvin Eastman||KO (punch)||Shooto Brasil: Fight for BOPE||25 August 2011||1||4:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||15–2||Antonio Mendes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto Brazil 24||5 August 2011||1||4:06||Brasília, Brazil||Won the Shooto South America 220 lb Championship.|
|Win||14–2||Márcio Cruz||TKO (punches)||Fight Club 1: Brazilian Stars||20 July 2011||2||4:21||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||13–2||Simão Melo||KO (punches)||Shooto Brazil 23||4 June 2011||1||1:49||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||12–2||Daniel Tabera||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat 8: 100 anos do Corinthians||4 December 2010||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||11–2||Marko Peselj||TKO (punches)||Impact FC 2||18 July 2010||1||3:01||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||10–2||Tiago Tosato||KO (punches)||Bitetti Combat MMA 7||28 May 2010||1||1:27||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||9–2||Joaquim Ferreira||TKO (corner stoppage)||Bitetti Combat MMA 6||25 February 2010||2||1:30||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||8–2||Leonardo Lucio Nascimento||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Bitetti Combat MMA 4||12 September 2009||1||3:11||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||7–2||Buckley Acosta||TKO (punches)||PFC 7.5: New Blood||20 February 2008||1||1:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||6–2||Jorge Oliveira||KO (punches)||PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender||17 January 2008||1||0:05||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||5–2||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||KO (punches)||WEC 24||12 October 2006||1||1:41||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||4–2||Jack Morrison||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 22||28 July 2006||1||1:27||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||3–2||Carlton Jones||TKO (punches)||WEC 20||5 May 2006||1||1:57||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Ed Herman||Decision (unanimous)||SF 9: Respect||26 March 2005||3||5:00||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||2–1||Justin Ellison||TKO (punches)||SF 5: Stadium||28 August 2004||1||N/A||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||1–1||Matt Horwich||Decision (unanimous)||SF 3: Dome||17 April 2004||3||5:00||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Eric Schwartz||TKO (punches and elbows)||WEC 3||7 June 2002||2||3:33||Lemoore, California, United States|
Submission grappling record
Main Event bouts
|UFC 267||30 October 2021||Etihad Arena||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira||8 November 2020||UFC APEX||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira||13 May 2020||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena||Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.|
|UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||28 May 2017||Ericsson Globe||Stockholm, Sweden|
|UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||16 April 2016||Amalie Arena||Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||8 August 2015||Bridgestone Arena||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira||26 April 2014||Baltimore Arena||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader||4 September 2013||Mineirinho Arena||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
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