Danbury’s Glover Teixeira Wins UFC Title, Tells Towns ‘Never Give Up On Dreams’


Glover Teixeira was not to win.

At 42 and seven years since his last title fight, Teixeira was clearly underdog against UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. It didn’t matter on Saturday.

Teixeira, a Danbury resident with a mixed martial arts venue in Bethel, managed to surprise by slamming Blachowicz in the second round of their main bout at UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian native became the oldest champion for the first time in UFC history with the victory.

“Never give up on your dreams,” Teixeira said in a post-fight interview, when asked what her message would be to the people of Danbury. “No matter what people say, don’t listen to them. They will put you down. Don’t listen to these negative people. Believe in yourself. Keep moving on.”

Teixeira (33-7) was a promising fighter when he played his last title fight in 2014. After a 20-game winning streak, he lost unanimously to Jon Jones, an all-time great UFC. .

Teixeira followed this with ups and downs in the following years. But an early 2019 victory over Karl Robinson by submission kicked off a winning streak before the last against Blachowicz. It was Teixeira’s first fight since November 7, 2020 in a submission victory over Thiago Santos.

Much of Saturday’s fight was played on Teixeira’s force – on the ground. With two minutes left in the second round and Teixeira on Blachowicz, he was able to apply a choke in the back after several hits to the head. The crowd rose, cheering for the surprise victory.

Immediately after the tap, Teixeira helped Blachowicz turn around, hugging him and then helping him up before celebrating.

“Danbury, Connecticut, where are you?” Cried the announcer.

The victory comes two days after Teixeira’s 42nd birthday.

Teixeira told Hearst Connecticut Media earlier this month that healthier habits and a consistent home for training helped him position himself for the last – and potentially the last – title shot.

“There’s definitely less pressure with this one,” Teixeira said. “Times are changing, life is changing and your mind is changing. I go there happy and enjoyed the trip and the training along the way. Last time I put too much pressure on myself.

Teixeira’s wife Ingrid was shown in the crowd after her victory, almost in disbelief, and with a smile on her face. She said earlier this month that this fight “is a different situation.”

“He’s trained 100% here in the region, and he uses people from the region to help him train,” she said. “It has a different feel, this camp feels super focused compared to the last time it was in Florida for a big game. This time he is there as he has been in his last five victories, it feels good.

As for the sequel, Teixeira could be seen in a behind-the-scenes music video praised by Jiri Prochazka, a 29-year-old Czech mixed martial artist who could be in contention for a title.

However, there will likely be some celebrations before this happens. Teixeira said earlier this month that if he were to win, he would “party on Main Street” in Danbury.

“I love this city,” Teixeira said. “I like everything from the four seasons to the people. I have a lot of friends here from my hometown in Brazil and I have my wife who was born here with her family. The place is great, the community is beautiful. The people are so nice and warm, they received me with open arms from the first day I came here.


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