Glover Teixeira (18-2) wants to clarify a statement that he said was taken out of context. It has been reported that Teixeira wanted to challenge current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1), but he said that he was simply replying to a question if he was prepared for a possible fight.
“I didn’t challenge Jon Jones,” said Teixeira to MMA Junkie. “But they asked if I’m ready to fight Jon Jones, and I said yeah. If they call me to fight Jon Jones, I’m ready to fight anyone in the UFC. I’ll go, and I’m confident I’m going to that title because that’s what I have to think.”
Before Teixeira can think about a possible championship fight, he must first defeat his next challenge in Fabio Maldonado (18-5) at UFC 153.
Teixeira debuted earlier in the year for the UFC with a victory, marking his 15th consecutive win in the process. Jones’ next fight is unclear after he defended his title for the fourth time in September. In the fight Jones hurt his arm and is waiting for results from a second doctor to see what, if any, damage was done.
Whatever the results are, Teixeira is pacing himself into the title picture.
“It’s no rush in getting the title,” said Teixeira. “I feel kind of bad for saying something like that [about Jones]. I have one fight in the UFC, and I cannot challenge for the title. But if they ask me, yeah, I’m ready to go.”