MANILA, Philippines – Brazilian challenger Glover Teixeira is targeting a first-round knockout but is prepared to go the full route against defending UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones.
Teixeira will fight Jones for the title at UFC 172 on April 26, where the Brazilian will try not just to claim the title but also to preserve his unbeaten record inside the Octagon.
“In a perfect world, I’ll win via first-round knockout,” said Teixeira, who has 5-0 UFC record, in an interview with MMA Fighting.
“But I believe it’s going to be a tough fight,” he added. “Jon Jones is an excellent fighter, so I expect a tough bout. I will be ready for five rounds.”
“I was ready to go five rounds against (Ryan) Bader, and will be ready now, so we’ll see who will leave the cage as the champion.”
Teixeira earned his title shot after knocking out Bader in the first round of their showdown.
The Brazilian, who is undefeated in his last 20 fights, is expected to give Jones a tough challenge especially after the champion was pushed to the limit by Alexander Gustafsson in their bout in September 2013.
Teixeira noted some holes in Jones’ game in his victory over Gustafsson, but is expecting the champion to have improved on those by the time they meet inside the Octagon.
“We see holes in every fight but this last one showed more,” Teixeira said. “But I can’t train focused on that.”
“I have to believe in my boxing and wrestling to impose my game. He’s a super champion, and he will be back stronger after he studies his own weaknesses,” he added.