Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has previously trained with UFC Fight Night 28 participant Glover Teixeira and he had some high praise for his fellow Brazilian heading in to tonight’s event.
Machida is so high on Teixeira that he feels he is a future champion at 205.
“I believe Glover is the next champion,” Machida said, via MMAFighting.com. “I don’t see anyone in the light heavyweight division to stop Glover Teixeira. Not even Jon Jones.”
“We train together for a long time,” he said. “To do well against him, you really, really need to know what you’re doing. He’s too strong for this division. He’s a heavyweight, and he’s durable. He will hurt you for five rounds.”
Of course, Teixeira went on to earn his twentieth straight win and will likely earn the next title shot in the light heavyweight division with a first-round TKO stoppage of Ryan Bader.
If Teixeira gets the next shot and is successful inside the octagon, Machida’s prediction will have come true.