Glover Teixeira: I'm not a point fighter, I don't like point fighters
When I asked Teixeira why we don't see him utilize his ground skills more often, Teixeira got right to the point, "My jiu-jitsu is there, but if I take a guy down, like with Rampage (Quinton Jackson), I took him down and I felt like the fight wasn't going anywhere because the way he was holding my arms, and I could have just stayed there, and I think I could have finished him on the ground, but it would be a jiu-jitsu match, passing the guard, hold him down, mount and then go for the choke. That's a boring fight. Fans don't want to see that too much."
Teixeira was quick to point out that by no means was he calling jiu-jitsu boring. In fact, he pointed to Demian Maia and Nick Diaz as two fighters that make the ground game something special for MMA fans, but Teixeira said his style cannot compare to those two black belts, "My jiu-jitsu style is definitely not the most entertaining one, so I'd rather do boxing and entertain the fans a little more," Teixeira said. "My jiu-jitsu style is not a beautiful style. I have very simple submissions. It works, but it's not like Demian Maia or Nick Diaz's very exciting style."While Teixeira feels that his jiu-jitsu game will not bring fans to their feet, he is a lot more confident that his striking game will. When asked how he would sell himself to a new fan that may be debating heading to the Baltimore Arena on April 26 to see him face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Teixeira said, "I'm an aggressive fighter. I put on a show for the fans every time. I'm not one of the guys that's going to hold back and try to win on points. If I beat Jon Jones for four rounds, they can expect that in the next round I'm still going to try to finish the fight. Every minute, every second of that fight I'm going to try and finish the fight, and that's what fans want to see."
What the fans don't want to see, at least in Teixeira's eyes, is a fighter that knows they can coast through the final round of a fight and still get their hand raised in victory, "Fans don't want to see fighters go out there and ‘Oh, okay, I already won this fight, so I'm just going to move around and keep this guy away from me so I don't lose." They don't want to see that, and that's definitely not my character. I'm going over there and trying to hurt you."When asked if there was any chance that he would step into the Octagon against Jones with that same overconfidence, Teixeira scoffed, "Nobody could think of Jon Jones like that. Look at his resume. If you think that, you're an idiot."
Teixeira said, "Think about it, how will Jon Jones train for me right now? What does he expect that I am going to do in that fight? If you had to fight me, how do you think I would fight? Do you think I'm going to stand up with you, or take you down and go onto the ground because I can do it all. I can go for a single leg or a double leg on Jon Jones and get him on the ground and work my ground or pound, or I can avoid him trying to take me down and stand with him. That's my style, and I'm not going to make it easy for him, so he's going to have to train for everything."
In addition to facing questions on how he is going to defeat a fighter whose only loss is a disqualification, Teixeira has had to hear those questioning if he deserves the shot at Jones' title. Naysayers will point to the fact that Teixeira has yet to fight anyone ranked in the top ten in the division.
Teixeira's answer to those doubters, "I've fought in the UFC five times, but I've been on a 21-fight winning streak, so I don't know what else they want. I finish my fights, except the Rampage fight, and I was not really happy with that fight either, but all my fights have been first round finishes. Who else would be there? (Daniel) Cormier doesn't have one fight in the light heavyweight division. Cormier is a good heavyweight, but he hasn't proved himself as a light heavyweight, it's a different story over here."