UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones seems to have his sights set squarely on Alexander Gustafsson as his next opponent and then a possible pairing with Anderson Silva. However, there’s no question Glover Teixeira is up there too when it comes to contendership, boasting a 20-2 record including eighteen straight wins.
Teixeira is looking to pick up #19 tonight at UFC 160 when he faces James Te Huna on the PPV portion of the card. It’s a bout the Brazilian is excited about, though not necessarily because of the implications it has on a potential title-shot. Rather, as he explained to the UFC’s website, Teixeira loves fighting and is simply stoked for the scrap he envisions occurring against an opponent like Te Huna.
“He’s a tough guy and I like this fight. Quinton Jackson was the biggest name (I’ve beaten), but everyone was saying before that it looked like he didn’t want to fight anymore. He was in shape for the fight and I was happy about that, but he missed weight a fight before that and you’re thinking ”˜is this guy focused, does he want to fight anymore?’ So if you beat the guy it’s kind of like, ”˜whatever, he didn’t want to fight anyway.’ This guy (Te Huna) is good, he’s been winning, and he wants what I want. He wants to get a title shot and I know he’s focused. It’s gonna be a great fight, no doubt about that.”
“I love competing, and the UFC gave me such a great opportunity with four fights in one year. The first time I fought in the UFC it was May 26th and May 25th I’m gonna have my fourth fight. It’s great and I would love to fight again soon. I don’t want to be waiting in line. I just want to keep fighting, and it’s the same thing as it was with the visa. Sooner or later I’m gonna get that shot and when it comes, it’s the right time.”
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