The news that may turn out to change the life of Glover Teixeira came under the cover of darkness. It was about 2:30 am Thursday and Teixeira was fast asleep in his Connecticut home when the waking fight world found out his fate before him. Despite initial thoughts of a rematch between UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and UFC 165 challenger Alexander Gustafsson, UFC brass had reconsidered and instead decided to promote Teixeira into the bout they'd promised him after his most recent win.
In a scene perfectly out of 2013, a bleary-eyed Teixeira woke up to messages on Twitter and Facebook that informed him that he would be fighting for the belt.
"I was pretty excited about it but at the same time, I had positive thoughts that it was going to happen," he told FOX Sports on Friday. "They brought me over to Toronto to watch the fight. I was pretty sure I was going to fight [the winner]. I just didn't know when."
Of course, the rest of us had plenty of doubt after Gustafsson to...