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 Junkie.com 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.