Glover Teixeira had Jon Jones winning the UFC 165 main event. | Gleidson Venga/Sherdog.com
Having presumably earned a chance to fight for the light heavyweight belt with his victory over Ryan Bader last month, Glover Teixeira went to Toronto on Saturday to watch the title bout between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.
The fight resonated with the Brazilian, who was surprised by the performance of the challenger.
"It surprised me a lot, especially in wrestling with the takedown defense. I knew [Gustafsson] would hit hard, but the wrestling was unexpected," he said. "I thought it was the best fight of the night, and one of the best I've attended. I can even see some fights that were similar to this, but surely this was one of the best that ever happened in the UFC."
It was Jones who emerged with a closely-contested unanimous decision triumph, although more than a few onlookers believed Gustafsson deserved the nod. Teixeira sided with the judges on the controversial ruling.
"I agreed with the judges' decision. I gave the first and third round to Gustafsson, the second was well balanced, but as Jon Jones is the champion -- he won. And the fourth and fifth rounds were to Jones. He won 48-47."
With a title shot promised before the fight, Teixeira is awaiting the UFC to call and schedule his long-awaited fight for the belt. Recently ESPN.com reported reported that Teixeira – not Gustafsson – will get the next crack at the reigning champion on the promotion’s traditional Super Bowl weekend card. However, nothing has been officially announced by the UFC.
"Dana White didn't talk to me yet, but I'm hoping for them to call. If God wants it, then I will fight for the belt, because that's what they promised me," he said.