Glover Teixeira is set to take on Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night: Teixeira Vs Bader, and for the first time in his career he will be fighting in his homestate. While Teixeira will have the advantage of having friends and family in the audience, he will not enjoy any advantages in traveling as he now lives and trains in the United States. In a recent interview, Teixeira spoke about having his family in attendance at the fight, the travel to the fight, and what it means to him to be featured on the main event of a UFC card.
He told MMAJunkie:
“My mom’s not going to watch. She never watches. My dad watches all the time on TV, but he’s never watched a live show. He’ll be there, as well as my brother and sister.”
“The travel is a pain. I mean, I don’t mind fighting anywhere. My favorite place is Las Vegas. But I’ve never fought in Minas Gerais, my home state. This time I’m going to be fighting in my home state, and I’m very excited. My family is going to be there for the first time. The trip is a little long, but that’s part of the job.”
“Some people, the way I talk, they can’t tell my emotions. But I’m very excited to be in this main event. That was one of my dreams to be one day in the UFC main event. Even if it’s not for the title, you’re still in the main event for the biggest and best company on the planet. So it’s special to make it there.
“Not many people are going to make it to the main event in the UFC. So for me, this is very exciting. But sometimes I talk about it, and people are like, ‘You don’t sound excited.’ But that’s just the way I talk and express myself.”
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