As UFC 160 draws near, we take a took at Glover Teixeira and James Te Huna and listen to what they expect from each other and themselves.
Glover Teixeira has received a new opponent for UFC 160, as Ryan Bader has suffered an injury. In his place will step James Te Huna.
The card takes place May 25 from Las Vegas. The placement of the bout is currently unknown.
Te Huna (16-5) is a riding a four-fight win streak since falling to contender Alexander Gustafsson. He is 10-1 in his last 11 overall, and 5-1 inside the Octagon.
Teixeira (20-2) scored the biggest win of his career earlier this year, defeating former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He is 3-0 in the UFC.
The loss of Bader hurts the status of his match for Teixeira, as the Brazilian likely could have made a solid case for a future title shot with a win. Now, he will be the heavy favorite and must avoid a slip-up.
A pair of light heavyweights who own recent victories over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will square off at UFC 160, as Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira have agreed to meet.
The card goes down May 25 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Bader (15-3) earned his eighth Octagon victory in January when he submitted Vladimir Matyushenko. The former Ultimate Fighter winner is now 8-3 in his UFC career.
Teixeira (20-2) also competed on that same card from Chicago, defeating Jackson. The Brazilian has earned three wins since joining the promotion, including stoppage victories over Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado.
Glover Teixeira has his sights set on another stiff challenge for his fourth UFC appearance – though he’s unsure of an exact opponent at this point.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Teixeira earned his 18th consecutive victory by defeating former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
“I want to fight a top guy that comes from a victory,” said Teixeira, in a recent interview with Tatame. “All three opponents I faced in the UFC, I came to defeat. I want a guy who is on the same pace as m, looking for the belt.”
Teixeira stopped Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado before earning a decision over Jackson. He said the win over “Rampage” helped “open the door for me to get among the top (fighter) in the (division).”
Rampage gives the first personal interview following his loss to Glover Teixeira.
Glover Teixeira wasted enough time trying to get to the UFC.
Following a decision victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Saturday night, Teixeira doesn’t plan to let anymore time slip through the cracks.
Teixeira pushed his win streak to 18 straight by battering Jackson with his heavy hands, nearly stopping him a handful of times. When asked during the post-fight show on Fuel TV if he planned to wait for a title shot, Teixeira declined such a notion.
“I don’t want to wait that long.”
The Chuck Liddell-inspired fighter added that it isn’t up to him to decide if he fights for the title, saying, “The No. 1 contender is Chael Sonnen, and you’ve got to respect that. Let him go and see what happens.” Teixeira did add that he believes Jon Jones will retain his title against Sonnen when the two meet later this year.
Following his win over Teixeira, Jones – who was in attendance – told him, “Great fight, you and me will have a great fight.”
The first UFC championship match of 2013 takes place Saturday night, as UFC flyweight champion Ddemetrious Johnson defends his title against John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6.
The card will also feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on Glover Teixeira, lightweights Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis squaring off, and Erik Koch meeting Ricardo Lamas.
Weigh-ins took place earlier today, and you can find complete results below:
MAIN CARD (Fox)
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (125 lbs.) vs. John Dodson (124 lbs.)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (204 lbs.) vs. Glover Teixeira (206 lbs.)
Donald Cerrone (155 lbs.) vs. Anthony Pettis (155 lbs.)
Erik Koch (145 lbs.) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145 lbs.)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
T.J. Grant (155 lbs.) vs. Matt Wiman (156 lbs.)
Clay Guida (146 lbs.) vs. Hatsu Hioki (146 lbs.)
Mike Stumpf (170 lbs.) vs. Pascal Krauss (171 lbs.)
Ryan Bader (205 lbs.) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205 lbs.)
Mike Russow (256 lbs.) vs. Shawn Jordan (251 lbs.)
Rafael Natal (185 lbs.) vs. Sean Spencer (186 lbs.)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
David Mitchell (171 lbs.) vs. Simeon Thoresen (171 lbs.)
Glover talks about being the co-main event for his much anticipated fight with Rampage Jackson.
UFC president Dana White has never been one to tip-toe around a subject, and that includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
When Jackson decided to take time off from fighting to film a movie, White was very critical.
When Jackson failed to make weight for a bout with Ryan Bader, and was defeated by Bader, White again said what was on his mind.
That, apparently, still does not sit well with Jackson, who faces Glover Teixeira next Saturday night. “Rampage” recently told ESPN that White’s comments were what led him to want out of the UFC.
Dana said my head wasn’t into the fight and he talked some shit about me even though he knew I had the injury. They’d helped me with the injury. That was the last straw for me.
Jackson (32-10) underwent knee surgery after losing to Bader. He was forced to miss much of 2012 with injuries, including a previously-scheduled encounter with Teixeira.
The upcoming fight will be the final one on Jackson’s UFC contract, and he has made it very clear that he plans to test himself as a free agent after the match.