John Teixeira entered Bellator MMA in 2014 with the label of “hot prospect” attached to his resume.
After the course of the past two years, Teixeira (19-1-2) has not done anything to change that, picking up three straight victories to push his current unbeaten run to eight fights in a row.
Later this month at Bellator 153, the 29-year-old will get the chance to make a huge statement when he meets former champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in the co-main event on Spike TV.
Following a run on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Teixeira was given a shot to compete with the UFC. He lost via split decision to Hugo Viana at UFC 147 in 2012, but has not felt that same pain since. While competing for Bellator, Shooto and other promotions, he has gone 7-0-1, including four finishes.
That is one thing that has eluded the Brazilian since he debuted with Bellator, and as he told FightLine.com recently, it will all change at Bellator 153.
“I promise to everybody, this fight will not go to the judges hand,” said Teixeira, through a translator, during a recent interview. “This fight will not stay for all three rounds. I will try to finish it in the first or second for sure.
“I am not going to give any chance (to the judges) for the wrong decision.”