Glover Teixeira (pictured) may not have been pleased with Wednesday’s TKO victory over Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28, but it was good enough to earn the slugger next dibs at the UFC light heavyweight crown.
UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik made the announcement on behalf of UFC president Dana White at the post-fight press conference.
Teixeira was briefly dropped after eating a left hook by Bader in the opening minutes, but rallied to unleash a vicious barrage that had “Darth” dazed and confused.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight,” Teixeira expressed through a translator during his in-cage interview. “I was disappointed he was able to knock me down.
“But 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.”
Teixeira has rattled off 20 consecutive wins, with his last five coming inside the Octagon. He’s recorded finishes in four of his Octagon outings, three of which came in the opening round.
He now awaits the winner of this month’s shootout between reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. They headline UFC 165 on September 21st.
While Jones is focused strictly on his next nemesis, he scouted tonight’s scrap and couldn’t help but drop his two cents on how he matches up with Teixeira.
“Speed kills #champ2013 #champion2014,” Jones tweeted.