UFC News: Glover Teixeira calls out Corey Anderson and another top Light Heavyweight
Glover Teixeira is rarely ever in a boring fight. It's been over 5 and a half years since he last challenged Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and Jones still sits on top of the 205-pound division.
Teixeira has now put up a string of 3 victories, the last of which was over Nikita Krylov this past September. In an interview with Combate, the Brazilian called out two Light Heavyweights who are potentially in line for a title shot - Jan Blachowicz and Corey Anderson. He said that he's "super motivated" now (H/T Credits bjpenn.com):
I would like a rematch with Corey Anderson or fight with Jan Blachowicz, that would be a good fight for me. I would like to fight them, and who knows early next year I’m not facing these guys? We will see. I want to fight these guys who are in the belt straight too.
Teixeira's last defeat was in 2018 and against Corey Anderson in a unanimous decision. He said that he has always fought the top contenders and that the men who beat him have gone on to challenge for the title:
The guys I lost always fought for the belt, because it was kind of a fight for the chance to fight for the belt. I lost to (Alexander) Gustafsson and to Anthony Johnson and they fought for the belt. Then I won three fights against tough guys and now I have to get a name guy like Corey Anderson or Blachowicz to get in the goal face again,”
Since Anderson already has a win over him and a legitimate claim to challenge Jon Jones after Dominick Reyes, that fight doesn't make too much sense. Facing Jan Blachowicz, however, does.
While Blachowicz has been calling for a title shot following two huge wins over Luke Rockhold and Jacare Souza, fans nor Jones seem too convinced that he's ready to challenge for the title. A win over a veteran like Teixeira would give him three straight wins and undoubtedly line him up for a future title shot.Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:08 IST