This 7 days, I stumbled on the term “defiant” to explain this profession resurgence of 41-12 months-aged Glover Teixeira. I believed that was this sort of a ideal term to explain what he’s acquiring suitable now. He’s battling like a male who will not have peace of brain until he gets entire world winner like his hero “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Glover Teixeira is not intended to be here. In truth, a great deal of his UFC vocation has been crammed with not-supposed-to-be’s. Even nevertheless at the time of his title shot, he was 1 of Jon Jones’s greatest threats, when the bout was above, the narrative was, “Oh, effectively, he wasn’t meant to gain anyway.” Under no circumstances brain the actuality that he was on a 20-struggle profitable streak coming into the bout, he was just yet another identify on Jon Jones’s unmatched résumé.
Glover was a power. And four of his 5 UFC victories prior to that title shot came by stoppage, punctuated by a 1st spherical KO of former Bellator light-weight heavyweight champion Ryan Bader. Prime Glover had the recipe to be world champion, but soon after he lost to Jon Jones, he just did not have the sauce to spill from the mouths of admirers and media at all.
Just after having KO’d by Anthony Johnson in 2016 adopted by Alexander Gustafsson in 2017, Teixeira was not intended to be in a title hunt yet again, and his loss to Corey Anderson in 2018 only reaffirmed that he was now just a gatekeeper pushing from the undefeated clock. Nothing at all is for good. And Glover’s prospect at immortality appeared to start and conclusion with Jon “Bones” Jones. He was not meant to be in the gentle heavyweight title hunt once more, just like he was not intended to pull out a person of the largest comeback wins of past 12 months in excess of Karl Roberson and just like he was not meant to go on to defeat Anthony Smith.
That was meant to be Anthony Smith’s victory to commence the approach of possibly finding him back in line for another title shot. As an alternative, Teixeira would stroll out with one more comeback and brutalize Anthony Smith to the position where Smith’s corner was chastised immediately after the bout for not throwing in the towel. Now, right after tallying 4 wins with each other, Glover Teixeira will be in his next consecutive headliner at 41 yrs of age. Which is not intended to transpire.
Thiago Santos also appreciates a factor or two about currently being defiant. He, not contrary to Glover Teixeira, was composed off prior to his battle from Jon Jones, getting into the fight as a 6-to-1 underdog, only to turn into the only fighter to day to gain a scorecard in opposition to Jon Jones. But following his razor-shut, controversial loss to Jones, you did not hear the exact same amount of money of disruption or calls for a rematch that circulated right after the Jones/Gustafsson combat or the Jones/Reyes battle, inspite of performing what neither of people two could: choose Jones to a break up-selection. The scorecards about as near as achievable: 48-49, 49-48, 49-48. It is pretty much as if the rematch narrative wasn’t intended for him and there was no amount of issue regarding regardless of whether we would at any time see Santos in a title fight again. He and his 11 KO/TKO victories had been destined to go on staying taken for granted immediately after the Jones reduction and Santos being sidelined with an personal injury.
At UFC on ESPN+ 40, equally Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira will seem to remind everyone that they have no plans of going wherever, even if they have exited MMA discussions about the gentle heavyweight title hunt lengthy in the past. They continue being restless in their pursuits to provide Brazil a different light heavyweight winner.
Thiago Santos’s reminder could be by tying the record for most knockouts in UFC record. Executing so, he hopes to get the 2nd crack at the light-weight heavyweight championship that Dominick Reyes received and the same opportunity that went to the male Santos KO’d just past year in Jan Blachowicz. In accomplishing so, he hopes to force the UFC’s hand in rewriting their designs for Adesanya/Blachowicz and reinsert himself into the UFC light heavyweight title photograph, even when the general public proceeds to bump his greatness to the collective blind place.
Glover Teixeira’s reminder would be to the moment once more make a title shot by winning five straight, just as he did right before the Jon Jones battle, a feat that no 1 believed he’d do again. What’s far more, he will search to upset whoever is the light heavyweight champion at the time and, in so carrying out, become the oldest guy to ever get the UFC mild heavyweight championship, etching himself in the report publications with an achievement that would be his greatest comeback tale but.
Tonight, Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira will search to remind the environment who they are, both of those vying to transmit the very same information to the MMA earth:
“I am still listed here, whether you declared the arrival or not. And I will not end until finally I have wholly crashed the light-weight heavyweight title celebration, even if you pick out not to toast to the defiant victory speech.”