Glover Teixeira is on the brink of number one contender status and a decisive victory over Ryan Bader would put him in that position. The two battled in the main event at UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil.
Bader looked for a takedown immediately, but Teixeira was able to sprawl out of it. Bader looking extremely aggressive early in the first – he looked for a guillotine, but didn’t lock it in. Both Bader and Teixeira threw head kicks that missed, but Bader definitely seemed to be more active with just over two-minutes left. Bader connected with a big punch that stunned Teixeira, but when he came back to life he landed a beautiful combination which dropped Bader and forced referee Herb Dean to call a stoppage.
This was Teixeira’s 20th straight victory.
In his post-fight speech Teixeira gave his opinion on whether he earned a crack at the light heavyweight champion even though he was unhappy with his performance.
“I’m telling you this belt is going to be mine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jon Jones or Gustafsson, it’s mine.”
Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO (Punches) at 2:55 of Round 1