Glover Teixeira. Photo courtesy of the PFC.
Light heavyweight Glover Teixeira (9-2) has joined the MFC talent pool and is expected to make his organizational debut at the soon-to-be-announced MFC 26 event. The native of Sobralia, Brazil, has scored seven of his nine victories by way of KO/TKO and came highly recommended by several sources, not the least of which was his friend, MFC middleweight title contender Thales Leites.
“When you hear things like ‘He can beat anyone in the division’ and those kinds of statements are coming from well-respected people, you have to take notice,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “I believe that Glover can make an immediate and serious impact in the grand scheme of our light heavyweight picture.
Ricardo Arona. Photo by Scott Petersen/MMAWeekly.com.
Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona looked rusty in his first fight in over two years, but managed to put together enough offense to stifle challenger Marvin Eastman en route to a unanimous decision victory in the main event of Saturday night’s Bitetti Combat 4 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Arona (14-5) started the fight on a high note, connecting with a pair of leg kicks to Eastman’s thigh, one of them sending the UFC veteran falling to the canvas. A couple of successful takedowns saw Arona control the majority of the first round on the mat. However, Arona’s infamous lack of cardio began to show at the start of the second round, which featured very little, if any offense from either fighter.
Glover Teixeira and Josh Rosenthal. Photo courtesy of the PFC.
World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Glover Teixeira revealed that he has signed a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in a recent interview with IntheGuard.tv. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the UFC has yet to officially confirm the signing.
Teixeira trains out of The Pit in San Luis Obispo, California along with trainer John Hackleman, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, WEC veteran Antonio Banuelos, and former K-1 kickboxer Scott Lighty.
“I signed a contract with the UFC so now my dreams will be coming true,” Teixeira said during the interview. “I’ve had visa problems so that’s why I’m here [in Brazil], but after we get this taken care of, I think that I’ll be in the UFC for my next fight with the big boys.”
Teixeira is widely known as the first fighter to defeat former PRIDE standout Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. He also has gone the distance with one-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Ed Herman and owns wins over Matt Horwich and Jorge Oliveira as well.
HT: MMA Mania