Although men like Alexander Gustfasson and Daniel Cormier might stand in the way of a scrap between Jon Jones and Glover Teixera, most people seem to think that sooner or later, the two light-heavyweights will lock horns. Gustafsson is a ridiculously talented fighter, but the general consensus is that Jones will emerge with his light-heavyweight belt this weekend at UFC 165. Cormier has looked extremely impressive since the decorated wrestler transitioned into MMA, but he’ll likely need to score a jaw dropping win over Roy Nelson at UFC 166, in order to pass Teixeira on the title shot trail.
Now, despite Teixeira’s 20 fight win streak and well rounded abilities, most people will likely still bet on Jones if the two ever fight. After all, we’re talking about the planet’s consensus best P4P fighter, who has already stormed through several former champs. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, however, Teixeira offered this take on fighting the light-heavyweight champ.
“Jon Jones is at the top for a long time, can’t say enough about him,” Teixeira said. “But I have to take this belt from him. Every phenom goes down one day.”
While nearly all the time that is true, see Anderson Silva, the question is whether Teixiera’s the man to do it. And as far as Jones’ bout with Gustafsson this Saturday? The veteran doesn’t expect to see an upset.
“I expect this to be a tough fight, but I believe Jones is more complete,” he said. “His wrestling and jiu-jitsu are better, and he will win. I believe he will take [Gustafsson] down and finish [the fight]. That’s the way I see this fight going.”
It’s going to be an interesting night. UFC 165 will be hosted by Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and will also feature interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao taking on Eddie Wineland.
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