At 42, Glover Teixeira is the current UFC light heavyweight (93 kg) champion and one of the most experienced fighters in the league. Having experienced some generations of world MMA, the Brazilian has already observed a series of trends and is not happy with the current generation of the sport. The Minas Gerais native, who never adopted a more provocative speech before his commitments to reach the top of Ultimate, criticized the ‘trash talk’ fashion, abuse of social networks and controversial athletes outside the Octagon.
On the eve of his first defense of the light heavyweight belt, when this Saturday (11), he faces Jiri Prochazka, at UFC 275, Glover highlighted, in an exclusive interview with the report of Ag. fight (click here), his history as a martial artist and the respect he receives in the field. Thus, the miner fired criticism at the new fighters who leave the profession aside and only care about gaining followers in the media.
“I’m very happy and grateful to have fulfilled my dream of being champion. I fought a lot for it, with a lot of faith and hard work. I focus on my life, which is to fight and make it my job. on Instagram and do shit. I’m a fighter. If the crowd wants to watch my fight, I fight and I try to end it. I’m going to get the knockout or the submission. I’m a warrior who always comes back. respected by all high-level fighters, I’m not talking little Kim Kardashian who just want followers”, said the athlete born in Sobrália (MG).
In the UFC since 2012, Glover has lived ups and downs in the company until reinventing himself to reach the belt, in 2021. Therefore, the Minas Gerais has once again repudiated the mentality of some fighters, who ‘lose their charm’ in the first adversity, can no longer to perform at a high level after going through a bad phase and abuse in controversies. In this line, he even left for Paulo ‘Borrachinha’ and Conor McGregor
“The true warrior is the one who doesn’t give up on any obstacle. You see Conor McGregor himself, who was the sinister guy, he beat José Aldo, he won everything, but after he lost, it ended. a good fighter at the good. You have to be good at everything, when things are difficult, at 42, breaking guys, with difficulty in training. That’s the warrior. ‘Borrachinha’ really. It was good at the good. He won a lot people, but after he lost it’s over, he doesn’t beat the weight anymore, doing a lot of shit. I have nothing to do with his life, if he’s happy, congratulations. He’s on the wrong path, because hitting women is a horrible thing. He said it wasn’t, I don’t know, I don’t judge. But it’s not just him. There are several. These guys are being corrupted by the fans, because they like this WWE, this telecatch, to hit the weigh-in. I’m a world champion, I’m in peace and joy”, added the athlete.
In MMA since 2002, Glover Teixeira has a record of 33 wins and seven losses. The Brazilian, who debuted in Ultimate in 2012, is experiencing his best phase in the league, with six consecutive victories, five of them via the fast lane (knockout or submission). In his most recent appearance, the Minas Gerais native submitted Jan Blachowicz, in a fight that gave him the UFC title.