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, thereâ€™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. Itâ€™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 UFCâ€™s website, Teixeira loves fighting and is simply stoked for the scrap he envisions occurring against an opponent like Te Huna.
â€œHeâ€™s a tough guy and I like this fight. Quinton Jackson was the biggest name (Iâ€™ve beaten), but everyone was saying before that it looked like he didnâ€™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 youâ€™re thinking â€˜is this guy focused, does he want to fight anymore?â€™ So if you beat the guy itâ€™s kind of like, â€˜whatever, he didnâ€™t want to fight anyway.â€™ This guy (Te Huna) is good, heâ€™s been winning, and he wants what I want. He wants to get a title shot and I know heâ€™s focused. Itâ€™s gonna be a great fight, no doubt about that.â€
â€œI 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 Iâ€™m gonna have my fourth fight. Itâ€™s great and I would love to fight again soon. I donâ€™t want to be waiting in line. I just want to keep fighting, and itâ€™s the same thing as it was with the visa. Sooner or later Iâ€™m gonna get that shot and when it comes, itâ€™s the right time.â€
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