It’s only Wednesday and I can already feel the anticipation building up in the air for Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira. You know that unmistakable emotion you felt when Werdum was walking to the cage to fight Travis Browne last Saturday? Now multiply it by 60x and you have your UFC 172 main event. I’m willing to say I believe Glover Teixeira will defeat Jon Jones based on the fact that it seems like with every title defense, his body has been slowly falling apart. I mean the toe from Chael Sonnen, the arm from Vitor Belfort, the eye and leg from Alexander Gustafsson. The real question is what injury will Jones leave the Octagon with this time, and will he have his belt around his waist?
If you ask Teixeira then he would be more than happy to answer that question. In an interview with Brazil’s SporTV, Glover stated that he would be surprised if Jones could dominate him in their upcoming UFC 172 fight.
During my fights and training people already know that’s very difficult to happen. I already fought Rampage Jackson and took him down easily – six TDs that, honestly, I didn’t even had to struggle. I fought Ryan Bader and also took him down. Neither of them took me to the ground. I train with top fellows, like Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, I’ve also trained with JDS and Cain Velásquez and neither of them, nor anybody, dominated me. If it happens, what he’s talking about, I’ll be very surprised. Some people believe that, but if he actually pulls this off I’ll be shocked, because it has never happened in my career, neither in training nor in fights. I don’t believe I’ll dominate him either, but I think my hand will reach him and I’ll get the KO.
I don’t think about dominating, I prepare myself for the worse hypothesis. I train to remain calm during the situations that may occur. If he drops me, I’ll pass the guard, mount or take his back, I prepared myself to do that. I’ll fight Jon Jones on the UFC, he’s among the best of all time. I expect shots coming from everywhere. He’s almost the same as Anderson Silva, only more predictable. Anderson is more startling. But my technique will prevail over this tactics and I’ll get to the top. I’ll take this belt.
I’m picking Teixeira not because I want to see Jones lose, but simply because Teixeira would be considered a mythical creature if he existed 4,000 years ago.