Glover Teixeira may be 43 but he feels like he is in his prime fighting condition.
There is a UFC light heavyweight championship fight on deck at UFC 283 in Rio de Janerio Brazil this weekend. Former champ, Glover Teixeira will be taking on Jamahal Hill with the hopes of reclaiming his lost title. Teixeira is 43 years old and has been a staple in the UFC 205-pound division for many years. He is one of the oldest on the UFC roster but has no real plans of slowing down. He can see that his time inside the cage is limited but admits that he feels better than ever.
Teixeira has intentions of continuing on for a bit after winning the belt back in Rio. He was asked about his fighting future in a recent interview with Michael Bisping and gave a brief overview of where he stands in his timeline.
Glover Teixeira feels as if he is in his prime right now and has plans to rematch Jiří Procházka
Rumors of Teixeira’s pending retirement have been looming but it seems he has some unfinished business to attend to first. Not only does he feel ready to take on the 31 years old Hill on Saturday, but he feels as if he could continue on for a while. Bisping asked Teixeira to break down how many fights he has left in his competition days.
“I don’t know, man, I like to say 10 more, but I don’t think so, man,” he said. “You know, I’m very blessed that I don’t have a major injury. You know, of course, we always have an injury here or this hurts here, the knee here, the hips a little but nothing crazy that I have a major injury. So because right now I’m just having fun, like I even joke yesterday, I say I’m in my prime man. Because I feel at an older age I’ve been fighting better because I can calm myself better. My defense, roll with the punches and I find the way to work on my style that’s best for me. I figured out how to train better. So I’ve been feeling really good, but it’s hard for me to say how many more fights.”
Of course, the immediate goal is to beat Hill and bring his belt back home with him to Danbury, CT. After that, however, Teixeira plans of seeking some revenge and taking care of some unfinished business with former champion Jiří Procházka.
“Yeah, no doubt,” he said. “That fight with Jiri, for myself, I like I say that loss, I can’t digest that loss. You know, that was crazy the way it happened. So we just got to do it again.”
Teixeira lost to Procházka in his last outing in June by a fifth-round submission. Procházka is currently out healing up from a shoulder injury and his timeline for a return is up in the air. However, he should be able to jump right into a title shot when he is ready. Teixeira could be holding that belt at that time and would gladly accept the rematch.