Late in the tenth month of last year, Glover Teixeira crowned his long and successful MMA career. The Brazilian turned 42 on October 28 (the tenth month), and two days later he was crowned UFC welterweight champion. Glover entered the match against Blachowicz as an underdog and few gave him a chance in that fight.
The Brazilian didn’t care much for that and strangled Blachowicz in the second round. It was his second attempt to win the title. In 2014, he was unsuccessful against Jon Jones. It was expected that Glover could retire after that win and thus go to the top, but Teixeira continued his career.
Certainly, finances play a role in all this, because the title of champion brings a better and improved contract. Teixeira will face its first title defense next month, and its opponent will be the dangerous Czech Jiri Prochazka.
The match will take place on June 11 (the sixth month) and will also lead the UFC 275 event in Singapore. Although Glover did not retire last year, it is likely that we will witness this calendar year.
"The perfect plan" for Teixeira
“The perfect plan would be to win this fight – which I have full focus on – and fight one last time in November, in New York, which is close to the city where I’ve lived for 20 years and close to my gym,” Teixeira said.
“It would be my farewell to the fight. It’s what I’m thinking now”. Glover is currently on a string of six consecutive wins, and whether he will retire with a winning streak or not is hard to say. Jiri Prochazka is in a big rush and is an incredibly dangerous fighter.
If Teixeira also passes that exam, the question arises as to who will welcome him in the farewell match, and Jan Blachowicz is currently the favorite for the role. Glover hasn’t talked too much about potential opponents, but his goal is certainly to retire with the title of champion in his possession.