Anthony Smith Wants Main Event Fight Against Glover Teixeira

When Anthony Smith can return from his hand injury, he wants it to be a main event fight against Glover Teixeira. “I’ve really had my eye on the top five. But I think outside of the top five it’s a little shifty,” Smith said to MMA Junkie. &#8220…

When Anthony Smith can return from his hand injury, he wants it to be a main event fight against Glover Teixeira. “I’ve really had my eye on the top five. But I think outside of the top five it’s a little shifty,” Smith said to MMA Junkie. “It’s been moving around a lot. But I […]

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Anthony Smith Wants Glover Teixeira In UFC Headliner

Anthony Smith is ready to get back to work inside the Octagon. The former UFC light heavyweight title challenger already has his mind set on who he’d like to challenge next. Speaking to MMA Junkie, Smith noted he’d like to take on fellow light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira. “Lionheart” has nothing but respect for […]

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Anthony Smith is ready to get back to work inside the Octagon. The former UFC light heavyweight title challenger already has his mind set on who he’d like to challenge next.

Speaking to MMA Junkie, Smith noted he’d like to take on fellow light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira. “Lionheart” has nothing but respect for the 205-pound veteran and everything he has done in the sport.

“I’ve really had my eye on the top five, but I think outside of the top five it’s a little shifty. It’s been moving around a lot, but I think Glover is available, so that’s someone that I would love to fight just because of who he is and what he’s done in this sport,” Smith said.

Smith then detailed an incident in 2013 in which he struggled through a Brazilian airport after suffering a first-round submission loss to Antonio Braga Neto via kneebar. Teixeira actually helped Smith journey through the airport with his injury, translating for him and getting him to his plane. It was a gesture Smith won’t soon forget.

“Funny story: My UFC debut in Brazil, I blew my knee then got cut right after, so on my way back I was struggling with all my bags and a blown knee, and Glover actually helped me through the airport and translated for me and helped get me on the plane and stuff like that. So ever since then, I’ve always had this really – like, I was a nobody.

“He was a superstar, you know, so I’ve always had just a really big, just a lot of respect for him since then. So again, I’m not attacking anybody. I’m not picking on anybody. He’s just the next guy that may be available, and that’s how I do it. I’m not waiting on anybody.”

In an ideal matchup with Teixeira, Smith would like the headlining spot in either February or March.

“I would love to fight Glover. I think that he’s quietly amassed a winning streak over some super, super tough opponents that nobody else wants to fight, and I think he deserves the main event,” Smith said.

“I don’t know. You know he had the main event against Gus that didn’t go his way, but I think it’s time that Glover gets another main event. I think he’s earned that, and I think he deserves it.”

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UFC Vancouver Highlights: Glover Teixeira Decisions Nikita Krylov

Glover Teixeira edged out Nikita Krylov at the UFC Vancouver event. The two fighters met in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC Vancouver event from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that aired on ESPN+. Teixeira controlled the first …

Glover Teixeira edged out Nikita Krylov at the UFC Vancouver event. The two fighters met in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC Vancouver event from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that aired on ESPN+. Teixeira controlled the first round with his grappling and even came close to winning the fight.  That wasn’t […]

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Glover Teixeira Outpoints Nikita Krylov – UFC Vancouver Results

Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov in a light heavyweight bout continues the main card of the UFC Vancouver event:  Round 1: Teixeira caught a body kick and took him down to the ground where he got side control. Krylov was doing a nice job of landing some elbows off his back which sliced opened Teixeira. […]

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Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov in a light heavyweight bout continues the main card of the UFC Vancouver event: 

Round 1: Teixeira caught a body kick and took him down to the ground where he got side control. Krylov was doing a nice job of landing some elbows off his back which sliced opened Teixeira. He eventually gets his back. He’s searching for a choke, but Krylov was defending well. Teixeira softened him up with strikes but Krylov shook him off and got full mount. Krylov got his back and locked in the rear-naked choke but Teixeira rolled out. 

Round 2: Both guys came out and were throwing bombs. Krylov is doing well at staying out of range and using his reach. Krylov lands a low kick and eats a hook but was constantly on his bike. Krylov landed a nice combo as the former title contender was moving forward as he was getting frustrated. Krylov scored a late round takedown. 

Round 3: Krylov drops for the takedown and Glover immediately jumps on the guillotine. However, Krylov got out of it. Teixeira went for an armbar after landing some strikes from half guard but Krylov got out of it. 

Results: Glover Teixeira def. Nikita Krylov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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Glover Teixeira Rates Khabib Over Jon Jones As Pound-For-Pound Best

Ever since Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Dustin Poirier, the debate among fans has been about whether he or Jon Jones can be regarded as the pound-for-pound best in the sport. Nurmagomedov is 28-0 and has dominated just about every opponent of his. However, Jones has been at the top for much longer and has faced […]

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Ever since Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Dustin Poirier, the debate among fans has been about whether he or Jon Jones can be regarded as the pound-for-pound best in the sport.

Nurmagomedov is 28-0 and has dominated just about every opponent of his. However, Jones has been at the top for much longer and has faced higher-level competition throughout his career.

Glover Teixeira was notably one of Jones’ victims but even he rates Nurmagomedov higher in the pound-for-pound debate:

“I think Jon Jones is up there for sure,” Teixeira told reporters during media day. “But after I saw Khabib’s last fight… Dustin Poirier, I saw that kid training, I saw how good he is, and the way (Nurmagomedov) dominated Dustin Poirier… In my mind, he’s definitely the No. 1 pound-for-pound.”

While Jones has more title defenses, a superior resume and is technically unbeaten, for Teixeira, it all boils down to dominance — and that’s where Nurmagomedov is superior:

“Jon Jones wins more title defenses, but Jon Jones hasn’t dominated opponents the way Khabib has been, you know?” Teixeira said. “Khabib looks way too much, you know what I mean? He’s way above. He’s like a 10 and other people he’s fighting are sevens.”

Do you agree with Teixeira?

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Glover Teixeira Set For Octagon Return At UFC Vancouver

There have been several fights announced for the upcoming UFC Vancouver event on September 14. One of the more notable bouts announced is a light heavyweight clash between Glover Teixeira and Nikita Krylov. The 39-year-old Teixeira comes off back-to-back wins over Karl Roberson and Ion Cutelaba. Teixeira has won three of his last four fights, last losing to […]

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There have been several fights announced for the upcoming UFC Vancouver event on September 14.

One of the more notable bouts announced is a light heavyweight clash between Glover Teixeira and Nikita Krylov. The 39-year-old Teixeira comes off back-to-back wins over Karl Roberson and Ion Cutelaba. Teixeira has won three of his last four fights, last losing to Corey Anderson in July of last year.

Krylov most recently defeated Ovince Saint Preux in April with a second-round submission. More fights announced for the card include a heavyweight matchup between Todd Duffee – who returns after more than four years – and Jeff Hughes. Duffee hasn’t fought since his 2015 clash with Frank Mir, as he has been sidelined with several injuries over the years.

As for Hughes, a training partner of former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, he will attempt to bounce back after dropping his last bout to Maurice Greene. Hughes landed a UFC contract with a knockout win on Dana White’s Contender Series.

A few more confirmed bouts can be found below:

  • Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura vs. Augusto Sakai
  • Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Uriah Hall
  • Middleweight: David Branch vs. Andrew Sanchez

A main event for the UFC Vancouver card has yet to be announced.

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