‘Its Water Under The Bridge’
Anderson did beat the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion… but that was way back in 2018. Years later, ‘Overtime’ thinks that dominant win over Teixeira makes his claim greater for being the best in the world. Teixeira would later reflect on their past fight in an interview with Trocação Franca.
“It’s water under the bridge,” Teixeira said. “Corey went there and was better that night [in 2018]. It was a bad fight, I lost a decision, [but] it’s a fight that could have gone five or 10 rounds and he wouldn’t have knocked me out or submitted me, wouldn’t have done anything.
“I got tired and he stalled. I had no marks [on my face] when I got out. But Corey is doing a good job in Bellator. I root for him.”
Since the defeat to Anderson, Teixeira’s career was reborn. The perennial contender would finally turn into an undisputed champion, after winning his next six fights.
On the other hand, Anderson would have one hiccup following his fight with the current champ. That would be a KO loss to Jan Blachowicz in 2020. After that, Anderson would take his talents to Bellator where he is unbeaten in four fights.
Teixeira Disses Anderson
While a rematch between the two isn’t going to happen anytime soon, Teixeira is confident he’d beat Anderson. And no, the Brazilian isn’t bothered about Anderson’s claims about being the best in the world.
“If we have to fight again one day, of course I’m going to win, man. I’m way better now,” Teixeira continued. “I stayed in the organization and he was released, you know? He lost after that. He got knocked out by Blachowicz. He got knocked out by the man I took the belt from.
“He’s lucky he defeated me and can say it, but, man, that doesn’t bother me. I would rather watch birds sing. I won’t stress out over that, because that fight … everything is different today. That was four years ago, 2018. I’m the champion of the world now. Where was I ranked back then? He lost, had his lows here [in the UFC] and went to Bellator, but he’s doing fine now.”
We may never get to see part two between the 205’ers, but Glover Teixeira would be down for it… that is, if Dana White approved.
“That’s up to the promoter,” Teixeira said of a potential UFC vs. Bellator event. “Dana [White] is doing the right thing. If he sees the money, if he sees it’s worth it, he’ll definitely do it. He’s done it before and will do it again. Who am I to give my opinion to Dana White? If I was at that level, I’d be promoting my own event. [Laughs].”
It wouldn’t take long for Corey Anderson to take notice of the champ’s comments.
“@gloverteixeira has my respect over any 205r in history. But I said what I said and said what I meant!”
Say it louder for the people in the back.
This is coming from a true mma fan who's been in many training rooms and arenas watching the best train/fight and documenting it. @gloverteixeira has my respect over any 205r in history. But I said what I said and said what I meant! https://t.co/ZwHdc7Fzhk
— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) May 3, 2022