Light Heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira has called Jon Jones 'predictable' and that he'd be 'shocked' if Jones' delivers on his words that he'll dominate Teixeira.
"On my fights and my trainings people already know that it is very hard to do. I've fought Rampage Jackson and I took him down with ease. Six takedowns and, honestly, I didn't have to use any strength. " Said Glover. "I train with top guys, like Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Cigano and Cain Velasquez and none of them, nobody, dominated me."
"If it happens what he is saying, I'll be really shocked. Some people believe that, but if he really does, I'll be shocked, because it's never happened in my career, not in training or in a fight. I don't believe I'll dominate him that easily either, but I think that my hands will land on him and I'll get the knockout."
It's some of the first proper fight talk heard from Teixeira, as most of the build up to the fight has focused on whether who gets the next shot at Jon Jones, let alone whether or not Teixeira can beat him.
Both Alexander Gustafsson and Phil Davis have been outspoken in their pursuit of Jones and his coveted Light Heavyweight title but neither of them have acknowledged the fact that Teixeira could walk out of Las Vegas on Saturday night with the title around his waist.
Teixeira hasn't let any of this chat bother him though and he's still certain that he'll be crowned the new champion, saying that Jones is 'predictable'.
"I expect strikes coming from everywhere. He is almost like Anderson Silva, but more predictable. Anderson surprises you more. But my technique will overcome his technique and I'll get to the top. I'll take that belt."
Teixeira isn't going into the fight trash talking or disrespecting Jones though, like Chael Sonnen did or how Gustafsson and Davis are to get a fight. Instead, he respects Jones and credits him with being 'one of the greatest of all time'.
At just 26 years of age, Jones could have as much as a decade left, while at 34, this maybe Teixeira's last and best chance the UFC title, especially with the depth of talent in the light heavyweight division.
He's worked hard for his title shot ever since joining the UFC though, fighting four fights within a year. His last fight was against Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28 in September of last year, which means he's enjoyed a nice break, something which he appreciated after 11 total fights in three years.
"I needed some vacation to spend Christmas relaxed. Last year I spent Christmas training, because I fought Rampage in January. I decided to enjoy Christmas and New Year's Eve. But if the fight was delayed again or if he got hurt, they would ask me if I'd rather wait for the belt or fight someone else. And I'd fight. What am I going to do ? I'd just wait if I was injured. But being healthy, I'll always fight."
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