Glover Teixeira (pictured) may not have been pleased with his TKO victory over Ryan Bader on Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 28, but it was good enough to earn the slugger next dibs at the UFC light heavyweight crown.
UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik made the announcement on behalf of UFC president Dana White at the post-fight press conference.
Teixeira has rattled off 20 consecutive wins, with his last five coming inside the Octagon. He’s recorded finishes in four of his five Octagon outings, three of which came in the opening round.
Teixeira was dropped after eating a right hook by Bader in the opening minutes, but rallied to unleash a vicious barrage that had “Darth” dazed and confused.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight,” Teixeira expressed through a translator during his in-cage interview. “I was disappointed he was able to knock me down.
“But I’m telling you, this belt is going to be mine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jon Jones or Gustafsson. It’s mine.”
Teixeira now awaits the winner of this month’s shootout between reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. They headline UFC 165 on September 21st.