Despite riding a lengthy win streak, and facing a fighter coming off two straight losses, Glover Teixeira isn’t looking to make a claim to the UFC light heavyweight title. Teixeira will face Quinton “Rampage” Jackson January 26 at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson.
With two consecutive UFC victories over Fabio Maldonado and Kyle Kingsbury, Teixeira (19-2) will take a step up in competition vs. Jackson. The bout is the co-main event for the evening.
So, if he takes out Jackson and runs his unbeaten streak to 18, will the Brazilian call for a championship match?
“I don’t think about that right now,” said Teixeira, during a conference call Tuesday. “I am just thinking about this fight. It is a very tough fight. I am training really hard and I want to put on a great fight for the fans.”
Of Teixeira’s 19 career wins, a dozen have come by watch of knockout. However, two of his last three have been submission triumphs. The 33-year-old has been training at Blackhouse MMA and continues to work alongside ex-UFC champ Chuck Liddell.
“Chuck always helps me,” Teixeira said. “From the beginning. He has helped me a lot with my wrestling, striking; he is a great coach.”