UFC 208: Glover Teixeira Apologizes For Performance, Says he Needs to “Step up my Game”
By FCF Staff
Although Glover Teixeira dominated much of the action in his bout with Jared Cannonier at UFC 208, the light-heavyweight contender apologized for his performance afterwards.
Teixeira took some heavy punches from Cannonier in the bout, but the Brazilian utilized his wrestling and jiu-jitsu to earn a clear cut, decision victory. After the event, however, Teixeira had this to say about his performance (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I apologize for that,” Teixeira said. “It was not the way that I like to fight, not the way that I like to finish my fights. But I had to deal with a little situation back in camp and I had to play it smart for this fight, man, coming out of a loss to Anthony Johnson, and adjust my game a little bit.
“But yes, I understand that I have to step up my game and work on that speed and boxing if I want to fight the top-five contenders like (champion Daniel) Cormier, Johnson and (ex-champ Jon) Jones…”
Teixeira reported after the fight that he had an issue with his labrum during camp, but the heavy handed fighter doesn’t believe it will require surgery. The veteran was fighting for the first time since last August, when he was brutally knocked out by Anthony Johnson.