Dana White said after UFC 163 that Glover Teixeira needed to look impressive against Ryan Bader to get a title shot at the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. Teixeira made that statement to Jones and Gustafsson.
After going through some danger early in the fight, Glover Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader by TKO at 2:55 of the first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazi.
Bader started the fight with a jab and then tried for takedown that the Brazilian was able to stuff. The Arizona native hit a right hand that staggered Teixeira and Bader locked in a guillotine choke, but Teixeira was able to get out of it.
Teixeira was able to score a takedown, but Bader got up quickly. a few moments later Bader lands an uppercut and Teixeira attempts a high kick over the top, but misses Bader.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner lands another uppercut and Teixeira is wobbled. Teixeira though preserved and landed a right hook, left hook combination that drops Bader. Teixeira pounces on Bader until referee Herb Dean comes in and stops the fight.
Teixeira wasn’t happy with his performance, but says the title is his and doesn’t matter if he has to go through Jones or Gustafsson.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight,” he said. “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.”
Here are the results from UFC Fight Night 28:
Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:55
•Ronaldo Souza def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:47
•Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
•Piotr Hallmann def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 3:50
•Rafael Natal def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Ali Bagautinov def. Marcos Vinicius via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:28
•Edimilson Souza def. Felipe Arantes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
•Lucas Martins def. Ramiro Hernandez via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:10
•Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
•Ivan Jorge def. Keith Wisniewski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
•Sean Spencer def. Yuri Villefort via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)