Glover Teixeira still aims to be Mike Tyson – just more tactical at UFC on FOX 26

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Onetime UFC light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira promises nothing will change about his style inside the cage when he meets Misha Cirkunov at UFC on FOX 26.

Well, almost nothing.

“I’m still going to be Glover,” Teixeira told MMAjunkie Radio of his bout with Cirkunov. “I’m still going to be that guy that comes after you with a Mike Tyson style to finish a fight. But I’m just going to take my time a little more. I’ve been working a lot on my timing (and) the right time to throw combinations.”

Like Tyson later in his career, Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) no longer has the luxury of ignorant opponents. They know what he brings to the octagon, and that’s come back to haunt him in fights where a win might have put him on the path back to the title after a 2014 loss to then-champ Jon Jones.

In his most recent octagon appearance, Teixeira was figured out quick by two-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson. A vicious uppercut led to his second knockout in three fights.

“I used to come forward and try to knock everybody out,” said Teixeira, who meets Cirkunov on the FOX-televised main card of Saturday’s event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. “But it’s time to study the game a little more.”

The lesson is apt for Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), an aggressive talent with a penchant for catching opponents off-guard early in a fight. Prior to his knockout loss in May to current No. 1 contender Volkan Oezdemir, the No. 9 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings finished four straight opponents, including three straight by submission.

No slouch on the ground, No. 6 Teixeira will need his grappling skills to avoid danger on the mat. On his feet, he’ll just try being a lot more patient.

“I’ve just got to adjust my game and adjust the situations,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going on. I know I’m always training hard and always looking to finish fights. Maybe I’m too anxious. I’ve got to slow down a little bit.

“That’s why I’ve been working on my footwork a lot more with this fight. Footwork and timing, because I think that’s very important for the fights, especially after you’ve been in the game for a while. They start capitalizing with your game.”

And while there are no more secrets about what Teixeira brings to the octagon, he still believes he has enough skill to win a belt.

“I can’t change the past, so I’m going to try to change the future,” Teixeira said. “I’m going to try and make this happen. I still have a lot of fights in me. I still am in love with the sport. I love to train. I’m in very good shape right now, and I’m just learning and enjoying myself as a fighter. I want to become a champion. I’m right there; I’m No. 3 in the world (in the UFC rankings). I need to beat Cirkunov and get onto the title radar again.”

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 26 event in Winnipeg.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC on FOX 26 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC on FOX 26 takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and the main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Records: Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC), Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC)
Past five: Lawler 4-1, dos Anjos 3-2
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Lawler No. 3, dos Anjos No. 9
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Lawler -115, dos Anjos -105

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Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett

Records: Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Lamas 3-2, Emmett 4-1
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: Lamas No. 5
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Lamas -240, Emmett +200

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Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Records: Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC)
Past five: Perry 4-1, Ponzinibbio 5-0
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Ponzinibbio -185, Perry +160

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Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

Records: Misha Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Glover Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC)
Past five: Teixeira 3-2, Cirkunov 4-1
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Teixeira No. 6, Cirkunov No. 9
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Cirkunov -130, Teixeira +110

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For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov moved from Brazil to UFC on FOX 26 in Canada

Brazil’s loss is Canada’s gain.

The key light heavyweight contender bout between Glover Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Misha Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will no longer take place at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo on Oct. 28. Instead, it has been moved to UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 in Canada.

UFC officials today announced the change, though a reason was not revealed (via Twitter):

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Cirkunov, No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, is coming off a stunning 28-second knockout loss to Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 109 in May. The defeat snapped his eight-fight winning streak.

No. 6 Teixeira, meanwhile, also is coming off a knockout loss. The 37-year-old former title challenger suffered a fifth-round knockout loss against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 109, dropping him to 1-2 in his past three octagon appearances.

The latest UFC on FOX 26 card includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins

For more on UFC Fight Night 119 and UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov set for UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo on Oct. 28

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A light heavyweight bout between Misha Cirkunov and Glover Teixeira will take place at October’s UFC “Fight Night” event in Sao Paulo.

UFC officials today announced the matchup between Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC).

UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Cirkunov, No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, is coming off a stunning 28-second knockout loss to Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 109 in May. The defeat snapped his eight-fight winning streak.

No. 6-ranked Teixeira, meanwhile, also is coming off a knockout loss. The 37-year-old former title challenger suffered a fifth-round knockout loss against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 109, dropping him to 1-2 in his past three octagon appearances.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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