Apr 22, 2014
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Danbury's Glover Teixeira Hopes to Bring UFC Championship Belt to Connecticut This Saturday

Danbury's Glover Teixeira Hopes to Bring UFC Championship Belt to Connecticut This Saturday

Editor’s Note: Glover Teixeira lost to reigning light heavyweight champ Jon Jones on Saturday, April 26, at UFC 172. The bout took place inside Baltimore Arena. Teixeira finished the five round fight but lost via unanimous decision. According to several media reports his arm was badly hurt during the first round. Below is our preview of the fight and a link to our in-depth January profile of the Danbury fighter. 

Glover Teixeira is ready to rumble.

On Saturday, April 26, the Danbury resident, who we profiled in January, will face Jon Jones for the light heavyweight championship belt at UFC 172. The fight will take place at the Baltimore Arena in Maryland and will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m.

Reached earlier this week, Teixeira (left) was confident and excited as he made final preparations for the fight in Baltimore.

“Hopefully we’ll bring this belt to Connecticut,” he said. “The key to victory is to be aggressive and push the fight and try to fight my fight—don’t’ let him do his own thing.”

In the leadup to the fight, Jones, the defending champion requested that both he and Teixeira submit to drug tests for performance-enhancing substances. Teixeira said the request was “annoying” because the random tests interfered with his training, but added, “Overall, it was good because it helps the sport to be drug free.”

Many sports analysts believe that Jones will win the fight but Teixeira has a history of proving doubters wrong and being an underdog is something he is used to. Teixeira is a native of Sobrália, a small Brazilian town in the state of Minas Gerais. In 1999, when he was 19 he immigrated to Danbury. To help support his family he worked grueling 10- to 12-hour days for a local landscaping company. However, he didn’t let that hard work stop him from pursuing his dream of competing for the UFC championship belt; he would train at 5 a.m. every morning before work. 

Teixeira urged fans in Connecticut to watch the fight and said they’ll be a celebration when he returns to the state.

“We’re going to have a barbecue, we’re going to have a big party in Danbury,” he said.

In the meantime fans can read our January profile (excerpted below) on Teixeira’s long and difficult struggle to get where he is today. 

With a determined scowl, Glover Teixeira stepped into the cage for the biggest fight of his life. It was Sept. 4 and the Danbury resident and native of Brazil was squaring off against Ryan Bader, a veteran Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. Bader had won 15 fights, seven by knockout, while fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest MMA promotion company in the world and the sport’s equivalent of Major League Baseball.

The fight took place in front of a packed crowd at the 25,000-seat Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. If Teixeira won this fight he would likely get a chance to face Jon Jones for the light heavyweight championship.

Winning the championship is a dream that has driven Teixeira for twelve long years.

Twelve years of hard training on dusty wrestling mats in dingy Danbury gyms that looked like something out of a Martin Scorsese film. Twelve years of intense conditioning, struggling to push his body to the limit while absorbing the teachings of the multiple fighting disciplines of judo, jiu jitsu, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. Twelve years of extended car rides to regional competitions where there was little fanfare but plenty of pain.

Then there was the real sacrifice: immigration battles and three years of reluctant exile back in his native country, away from his wife and the opportunity to legitimately pursue his dream. CLICK TO READ MORE. 

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Danbury's Glover Teixeira Hopes to Bring UFC Championship Belt to Connecticut This Saturday

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