Longtime training partner of the former light-heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell, and is currently riding high on a 19-fight win streak, Glover Teixeira has been red hot since entering the Octagon in May of last year, racking up four-straight dominant wins. Also training briefly at the BlackHouse with Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, who is in line for a shot at Jon Jones’ championship belt, Teixeira says he couldn’t imagine facing his friend and training partner in the cage with intent to knock him out.
Teixeira told sherdog that if he were to someday cross paths with Machida, they will not agree to fight.
“I’ve been in Belem several times to help him train. I always stay at his home with his family, with his wife and children, so we really cannot fight. It’s curious that we beat up each other every day in training, dangerously trying to knock out the other, but my goal is to help him. I cannot see myself getting in the Octagon to knock out Lyoto.”
And if he were to win the belt and Lyoto was still in line…
“The belt belongs to Jones now, and Machida will probably have the chance to face him before me. If he wins, I would rather move to the heavyweight division than face him. If I face Jones first and beat him, Lyoto would drop down to middleweight.”
Machida is all set to stop the wrestler, Phil Davis at UFC 163: Aldo vs. Zombie in Brazil. If The Dragon just so happens to make plans to drop down a weight class, he wouldn’t be avoiding anything for too long. His training partner Anderson Silva is the middleweight kingpin, and if The Dragon were to come down to his domain, it can definitely start some static in their relationship.
Teixeira has been rebooked to face Ryan Bader at UFC on FS1 #3 in Brazil, after a quick submission victory over James Te-Huna. The bout was originally announced for UFC 160: Velasquez vs Silva II, before an injury forced Bader from of the bout.
A loss at light-heavyweight for either man could put them on separate paths and make sure they never have to fight each other.
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