Glover Teixeira described a key change before his winning streak



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Glover Teixeira described a key change before his winning streak

The real motivation for many fellow fighters, but also for all those who follow his work, is certainly Glover Teixeira. The Brazilian reached the UFC title a few days after he turned 42. The experienced Brazilian surprised Jan Blachowicz in October last year and beat him relatively easily.

Teixeira celebrated with a "submission" in the second round, and this weekend he will have his first belt defense. His opponent will be Jiri Prochazka, a wicked Czech knockout who is actually a significant favorite in that match (1.45-2.50).

Teixeira is still used to the role of an outsider. The Brazilian had difficult periods in his career. In 2014, he was defeated in a belting match against Jon Jones, and then lost to Phil Davis. Three consecutive victories followed and it seemed that he could reach a new "title shot"

However, in the next five matches, Glover lost three times. Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson managed to knock him out, and Corey Anderson defeated him by unanimous decision. After a defeat by Corey Anderson dating back to mid-2018, Glover Teixeira arranged things differently and scored as many as six consecutive wins.

The last of these was the one against Jan Blachowicz in the title match, and Glover explained in a conversation with Jon Anik what exactly he changed after the match against Corey Anderson.

The question is: How did he do it?

“Passion.

Passion for this sport,” Teixeira said Wednesday at UFC 267 media day. “Lately, more disciplined about it, more focus on what I have to do to become a champion. Of course, it didn’t work before, so I was doing something wrong.

When I fought Gustafsson, when I fought Anthony Johnson, I was knocking at the door. I couldn’t get there. I couldn’t get that title shot again. I said, ‘Man, I’m losing time over here. What do I have to do?’ (I was) looking for knowledge – (UFC) PI, my coaches, my discipline, and putting it on myself.

Like, how much do I want this?” The moment Glover began to rethink his belt fight was a win against Anthony Smith. Glover had a great match then, and the coronavirus pandemic had just begun. On the eve of the match against Smith, Glover wondered if he would ever fight again, given all the bans that occurred at the beginning of the pandemic, but after the victory against Smith, he began to believe that he would become the world champion.