Glover Teixeira says that he some new weapons in his arsenal.
Speaking to the media ahead of his UFC 179 showdown with Phil Davis in October, the fighter said that he has learned a lot from his loss to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and plans to put his new technique into effect against his next opponent.
“I lost the fight, and as soon as I got out (of the Octagon) I knew I had to change a few things in my camp,” Teixeira told the media in Rio. “I’m in there to have fun, win or lose. I will go back to my roots, respect my body and train what I always trained without focusing on what my opponent does instead of worrying about what I have to do.”
While Teixeira is prepared to take on another wrestler, he believes there is a vast difference between Mr. Wonderful and the current champion.
“Jon Jones is taller, it’s a completely different game,” he said. “Jon Jones goes for the takedown on the clinch, while Phil Davis uses more double legs. I think Phil Davis has better takedown combinations than Jones. And I think Phil Davis if going to train hard his boxing skills because he knows it won’t be easy for him. He might even take me down, but he knows it won’t be that easy.”
The Brazilian says that only a finish will satisfy his thirst… and put him back in contention.
“I’m going for the finish. It won’t be a close fight. I thought Lyoto won his fight against Phil Davis (at UFC 163), but I didn’t protest because it was a close bout, either could win. I’m going to prove that I won, and I challenge the judge to rob me. It won’t go the distance, but I’d love to see how the judges would give him the win after I clearly win all three rounds, beating his face. They can put his father there as a judge and it won’t help.”
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