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Teixeira: “I’m Ready to Fight for the Title Tomorrow”

Glover Teixeira

While Lyoto Machida will do his best at UFC 163 to lock up a rematch with Jon Jones, when he fights Phil Davis, Glover Teixeira will do the same at UFC Fight Night 28 when he battles Ryan Bader. Not that anyone should be completely counting out Alexander Gustafsson, of course, who will challenge the champ next at UFC 165.

To say Teixeira has looked great in his UFC tenure so far, may be be an understatement, as the 33 year-old vet has pretty much cruised in all four of his Octagon bouts. Despite his impressive run, however, Teixeira has been reserved in calling for a title shot, which some observers believe he could secure on September 4th. That doesn’t mean Teixeira believes he couldn’t fight for the belt and win it, as he pointed out to MMA recently.

“When I said I didn’t think I had done enough to earn a title shot, it wasn’t because of my confidence or my skills. When I said that, it’s because I’m new in the company. But I think I have the skills to go over there today and fight for the title and fight Jon Jones.”

“My skills and my confidence, I’m ready to fight for the title tomorrow,” Teixeira said. “I’m ready to get the title. If Gustafsson gets hurt – and I hope he doesn’t, I don’t want that for anybody – but I’m always there. If I don’t get hurt in the Ryan Bader fight, I’ll fight Jon Jones.”

If Teixeira can score another impressive win over Bader, he could very well secure a title fight, even if Machida defeats Davis on August 3rd.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD