Glover Teixeira has been a part of the UFC and it’s light heavyweight division for over eight years now, but he’ll soon have more opposition at 205 pounds because Israel Adesanya plans on joining the weight class.
The fighter believes that Adesanya can do well in the weight class, but Teixeira also has a warning for Adesanya about competing at light heavyweight.
“He’s good and would get to the top, for sure,” Teixeira said to MMA Fighting. “He’s good as hell, good athlete, [a] good fighter, super-intelligent, and for sure would get to the top, but the weight [difference], everything counts. I know that because I train with heavyweights, and it’s hard. The fatigue, the pressure is different.”
Adesanya is still undefeated as a professional MMA fighter, with all of those wins coming at middleweight. Teixeira, who is north of 40, realizes that he is nearing his last opportunity to become a UFC light heavyweight champion.
“I’m 41 now so this could be the last chance I have for the belt, but I’m simply enjoying the moment because my life is great the way it is already,” said Teixeira. “Of course that the belt is the reason why I’m here. Who doesn’t wanna be called champion and hang that belt on the wall, right?”