With Lyoto Machida out of the picture after a controversial decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163 it looks like the path is officially clear for light heavyweight Glover Teixeira to secure a shot at divisional gold. The 21-2 Teixeira has looked sharp in a quartet of consecutive clashes since signing with the UFC, beating the likes of James Te Huna and Quinton Jackson along the way. And, according to UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik, doing the same against Ryan Bader on September 4 will produce an opportunity to procure the belt.
“Dana White and Joe Silva have confirmed with a strong victory by Glover that he probably gets the winner of the Jon Jones fight (with Alexander Gustafsson),” said Zelaznik at the post-event press conference for UFC 163. “Glover’s got an opportunity to go for that belt with a big win, so we’re expecting big things in Belo Horizonte.”
Teixeira-Bader is set to headline UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil. Teixeira is 21-2 in his career with nineteen straight wins behind him. All but three of his victories have featured some form of finish. Meanwhile, the 15-3 Bader is coming off a submission stoppage of Vladimir Matyushenko and will represent the toughest wrestler Teixeira has faced thus far in his career.