UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira is set to face off against Ryan Bader on Wednesday night in his home country of Brazil at UFC Fight Night 28 and he is hoping that extending his winning streak to 15 will be just what the doctor ordered to get him a shot at the UFC title.
Teixeira has been one of the most dominant 205 pounders in the sport over the past few years, but his lack of exposure on the biggest stage in mixed martial arts has resulted in a slow climb to the top of the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
He is hoping that with an impressive showing in the main event that he can set himself up for a shot at the title in early 2014.
“Every victory brings me a step closer to the belt,” he said, via MMA Junkie. “I’m confident I’ll have an excellent performance. Hopefully I can contend for the belt in 2014.”
The toughest part of the fight for Teixeira will be dealing with the pressure of an excited home crowd, but he is ready for the challenge and will focus that energy towards putting on a strong performance.
“I have great Brazilian friends and also great American friends,” Teixeira added. “Of course I’m from Brazil, and I want to win for Brazil. That’s undeniable. Brazil is in my heart, and I know the suffering and sacrifice of the Brazilian people.
“At the some time, I have great American friends whom I’d rather not see face my Brazilian friends, though if it happens in the future, there’s nothing I can do about it. That’s the sport we’re in.”