Glover Teixeira Announces Retirement After Title Fight Loss

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Glover Teixeira Announces Retirement After Title Fight Loss

Last night, Brazilian veteran, Glover Teixeira, announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) following his defeat to Jamahal Hill in a title fight. At 43 years old, Teixeira was one of the oldest active competitors in the sport, having amassed an impressive career record of 42 fights, with three title fights under his belt and one championship win.

A Career Highlight: Becoming Light Heavyweight Champion

In 2014, Teixeira fought for the light heavyweight title for the first time, but ultimately came up short against Jon Jones in a unanimous decision. However, after six consecutive victories, the Brazilian fighter had another shot at the title in 2020 against Jan Blachowicz, and this time, he emerged victorious, earning the championship belt in what can be considered the crowning achievement of his career.

He had another opportunity to reclaim the title against Hill, but unfortunately, the outcome was not in his favor. Despite the loss, Teixeira was awarded a $50,000 bonus for his bravery in the ring.

Retirement and Legacy

In a statement following his retirement, Teixeira reflected on his career, saying, "In reality though, I think I’m too tough for my own good.

Too tough for my own health. I can’t keep up anymore, I’m gonna focus my energy on Alex Pereira, on ‘Poatan’. He’s gonna keep his belt for awhile then go up to light heavyweight. It’s an honor to put the gloves down on the same night as ‘Shogun’.

I wish we were in the Royce Gracie era where we can just go, no rounds and keep going. But we’re not, and I just can’t keep up anymore”. As one of the most popular fighters in the MMA world, Teixeira leaves behind a legacy of notable victories over elite opponents such as Jan Blachowicz, Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith, Jared Cannonier, Rashad Evans, Ryan Bader, and Quinton Jackson. He will undoubtedly be remembered as a fierce competitor who left it all in the ring.