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Glover Teixeira wants UFC title fight after beating Thiago Santos

Glover Teixeira continues to fight his approach to one other shot on the 205-pound belt.

The 41-year-old defeated Thiago Santos by way of rear-naked choke at 1:49 of the third spherical Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas, strengthening his case to UFC president Dana White for competing in a title match for the primary time in six years.

“Dana White, man,” Teixeira mentioned in his postfight interview. “Come on, man. I’m an old man. I’m here. You’ve gotta give me a shot. … It’s not easy. Give me that title shot, man. Either way, I’m so happy to be here.”

The UFC plans to have gentle heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz fight middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in a superfight subsequent yr. Blachowicz has mentioned he prefers to fight in March, whereas Adesanya informed ESPN this previous week that he expects that Blachowicz will likely be his subsequent opponent.

White mentioned he now has his eye on Teixeira, too.

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Glover Teixeira punches Thiago Santos throughout UFC Fight Night.Zuffa LLC by way of Getty Images

“I heard him and I agree with him and I’m taking him serious,” White informed the UFC’s Laura Sanko in a backstage interview Saturday. “I’m not gonna doubt him anymore.

“He’s not wrong. … He’s been here forever, he’s on a streak. He looked great tonight. What’s funny is every time I count this guy out and think, ‘I don’t know if he’s got it,’ he proves me wrong. He looked incredible tonight.”

Teixeira (32-7) has received 5 straight matchups. After preventing longtime former champion Jones Jones for the title in UFC 172 in April 2014, Teixeira is 10-4 since then and has been thought-about the most effective gentle heavyweight for many of the final decade. He is now tied for second in victories (15) and is first in finishes (12).

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