Excitement On Mind Of Glover Teixeira At UFC 153

Glover Teixeira waited and waited and waited to finally become a UFC fighter.

After making a splash by finishing veteran Kyle Kingsbury, Teixeira will be seeking a second consecutive highlight-reel win when he takes on Fabio Maldonado Saturday night at UFC 153.

I’ve wanted to be in the UFC for so long, and now that I am here, it is (like) living a dream. I learned from Chuck Liddell that it is important to be an exciting fighter, to go for the finish; that it is important for you to go out and excite the crowd.

Teixeira (18-2) did that against Kingsbury, knocking him down with effective striking before locking in a submission. Of his 18 career victories, 11 have come via knockout and five have been submission wins.

The brash Brazilian has made claims in recent weeks that he would accept a fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Several other fighters have turned down bouts vs. Jones, but that isn’t Teixeira’s upbringing.

I will fight anyone in the UFC. I waited so long to get here – I will fight anyone. Maldonado is a good fighter and will bring the fight to me, but I will knock him out; knockout of the night, maybe.

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Fight Cards

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira

Event Date: April 26, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 118: Dantas vs. Warren

Event Date: May 2, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com

Bellator 119: Cooper vs. Halsey

Event Date: May 9, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva

Event Date: May 10, 2014
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 120: Alvarez vs. Chandler III

Event Date: May 17, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw

Event Date: May 24, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass