Glover Teixeira most dangerous man in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

LAS VEGAS — At forty one years historical and greater than six years after his first shot at a world championship, Glover Teixeira is unexpectedly searching like possibly the most risky man in the UFC’s mild heavyweight division.

Nearly stopped at the begin of the battle and then once more early in the 0.33 round, Teixeira confirmed the knowledge of his many years in the cage to post Thiago Santos with a rear bare choke at 1:49 of the 1/3 spherical Saturday at Apex.

The win, Teixeira’s fifth in a row, have to earn him a shot at the winner of the mild heavyweight title combat subsequent 12 months between champion Jan Blachowicz and middleweight champ Israel Adesanya.

Santos got here out blazing early and dropped Teixeira with a flurry of thudding punches that bounced off the pinnacle of the Brazilian’s bald head. But Teixeira did no longer panic and managed to use his grappling to get pinnacle role for the the rest of the first round.

He spent lots of that time hammering Santos with elbows and fists. He took Santos down early in the 2d and used to be in mount most of the time, relentlessly working for a finish.

Santos, battle for the first time due to the fact that dropping a 2019 cut up selection to Jon Jones, got here out in the 0.33 as if he knew he was once in trouble. After shrugging off a takedown attempt, he blasted Teixeira with a crunching left hook.

Teixeira went down and Santos, realizing this ought to be his ultimate opportunity, rapidly accompanied him and went for the kill.

Somehow, somehow though, Teixeira now not solely survived, however he shrugged Santos off and acquired to his feet. When he did, it used to be all however over.

Teixeira took Santos down once more and after countless punches compelled Santos to his stomach to guard his face, Teixeira sank in a rear bare choke. Santos rapidly tapped and Teixeira had what may additionally have been the most massive win of his career.

It units him up for a title fight, and whilst he figures to be an underdog if it’s towards Adesanya, he’s going to be a unsafe in shape for both opponent. 

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