One-time UFC light heavyweight title chaser, Glover Teixeira has his second title tilt on the horizon next month, in the form of a clash with reigning gold holder, Jan Blachowicz. However, the veteran Brazilian has highlighted a potential retirement from the sport next year.
Minas Gerais native, Teixeira is in the midst of an eye-catching five-fight undefeated streak, which includes an impressive UFC Vegas 13 rear-naked choke win over compatriot, Thiago Santos back in November in a main event slot.
Obtaining the #1 rank at the light heavyweight limit, the veteran finisher is slated to headline UFC 267 on October 30. from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE — challenging Blachowicz for the undisputed light heavyweight crown — as he attempts to clinch gold at the second time of trying.
A 19-year, 39-fight professional veteran, Teixeira has admitted that ahead of his upcoming title showdown with Polish puncher, Blachowicz, he would maybe consider hanging up his storied gloves next year.
“Maybe next year, man, it may be my last year, man,” Teixeira told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “It’s not easy, you know. It’s not easy — it’s possible to fight this, I feel good, and in the gym, if you come see me train with those young guys, I feel good. … but it’s not easy to stay like this, you know. To fight like, (against) UFC light heavyweight, a UFC light heavyweight contender, whatever it is. You fight in the UFC, with the young, hungry lions, you gotta be (number) one or two.“
“So I say, maybe a year,” Teixeira continued. “Maybe, you know, I’ll see. This title fight, maybe defend the title one or two times maybe next year and call it a day.“
Prior to his victory over Santos, which earned him a title clash with Blachowicz, Teixeira previously fell short in a April 2014 siege against former two-time light heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones — dropping a unanimous decision loss.
In the midst of a definite career purple patch and flourish as his swansong emerges, Teixeira added Santos to a run of wins which stretched over upcoming headliner, Anthony Smith, Nikita Krylov, Ion Cutelaba, and Karl Roberson.
For Blachowicz, October marks his second Octagon walk of the year as he defended his light heavyweight crown for the first time back in March with an impressive unanimous decision victory over current middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya.
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