Glover Teixeira Flirts With 2022 Retirement Ahead Of Upcoming Title Shot

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.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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