With Glover Teixeira’s quick work of Ryan Bader, UFC president Dana White has declared him the light heavyweight No. 1 contender. If there’s a delay in his title shot, Teixeira is willing to stay active with another fight.
“I want to stay busy,” said Teixeira to MMA Junkie. “I want to fight [Jon Jones]. He’s the bigger name, and he’s been champion for a while. If [Alexander] Gustafsson beats this guy, I’ll be happy for him, too, as long as I get to fight him. Or if they have a rematch, I’d like to fight some top contender and keep myself busy. I’m healthy, and I can’t be losing time.”
Jones must first deal with Sweden’s Gustafsson, as the champ looks to break the division’s record for most title defenses. That goes down at UFC 165 on September 21.
Teixeira is 22-2 and undefeated in the UFC with five wins. He’s won over 20 fights in a row with his UFC Fight Night 28 contest with Bader.