Glover admits overconfidence almost cost him

Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Light Heavyweight Championship contender Glover Teixeira earned his shot at the gold belt held by Brazilian compatriot Jon Jones beating Ryan Bader via technical knockout in the first round of their match at UFC Fight Night 28 last month but he is the first to admit that he came extremely close to letting that opportunity slip between his fingers.

Before he landed the deadly combination that floored Bader and earned him the win, the Brazilian was actually rocked on the feet, something, he says never even saw coming. And speaking to a media outlet, he stated that it was a lesson that he will keep in his memory forever. He mentioned that he was really confident ahead of the fight, maybe a bit complacent even.

Teixeira told the sports news website that he might have been a little concerned about the wrestling skills of his opponent but he never even considered the power in his hands and that was his biggest mistake. He admitted that the thought had become embedded in his head that Bader wouldn’t be able to do anything to him standing up. But he also mentioned that being hurt by his hands woke him up from that slumber.

Teixeira stated that in Mixed Martial Arts, anybody and everybody is a difficult fight and he admitted to going into the fight against Bader never even thinking that he could hurt him on his feet but he also stated that he has learned his lessons from that fight and will not take anything for granted from the next fight.

And he will need to do so against Jones who is one of the heaviest hitters in the UFC and his skills have been compared to that of a professional boxer as well and Teixeira can’t take anything for granted.