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Glover Teixeira on fateful guillotine attempt against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275: ‘I feel like crying watching it again’

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Glover Teixeira was 28 seconds away from defending his UFC light heavyweight title against Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275 before he landed a rear naked choke in Singapore. And although the Brazilian admits that it was a mistake to jump on the guillotine after rocking Prochazka on his feet in the fifth round, he does not regret it.

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– Instinct, huh? Teixeira said on a special edition of the MMA Fighting podcast. free exchange. “He lowered his head and his neck went right into my guillotine. I didn’t go for it, he gave it to me. Of course, I could be more patient. I kind of rushed. But just like he caught me later – we think that when someone is offended and tired, you will catch him on the guillotine and he will knock quickly, sometimes he will also quickly come out.

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“I have always said that anyone can subjugate anyone. [in MMA]. You can put Roger Gracie in there, who has the best jiu-jitsu in the world. If someone knocks him down and he’s hurt, you can get him with a rear naked choke. You will compete in Jiu-Jitsu with Rodolfo Vieira and you will not catch up with him, I bet, but this happens in MMA. And it happened to me.

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“But the guillotine, man, makes me want to cry again looking at it. Fuck, he continued.

“There is a lot going on in combat and you will learn from that. “I could do this or that.” I always go back and watch it to correct my mistakes, no matter win or lose. I always criticize myself and correct my mistakes. But what is, is.”

Teixeira said the fight played out exactly as he expected: he “dominated” Prochazka on the ground with his jiu-jitsu and fought most of the fight.

Ultimately, however, there was no escape from Prochazka’s surrender, which ended the fight.

“Someone will say: “F**k, he was on the side, [reason to tap]. How did he knock? I knocked,” Teixeira said. “There is no way around it, I knocked because I was almost desperate, so much so that I stayed on the ground after the fight was over. Everything went dark, I was already leaving. The absence of a tap would not change the outcome of the battle.

“But I dominated jiu-jitsu [exchanges] all time. There were times when I dominated on my feet as well. Several times I lost on the legs, but always dominated on the ground. A few times I was at the bottom, but always defended his ground and pound. This is the reality, I dominated on the ground, but I was caught at the last minute. Like a punch when someone dominates the whole fight and the punch hits the mark.”

According to Teixeira, the main lesson of UFC 275 is to “always stay on your toes and never think you’re better than anyone else in any given situation.”

The seasoned Brazilian never gave up until UFC 275 in his 20-year MMA career despite fighting the strongest in the light heavyweight division.

“I thought his chances of winning would be if he knocked me out with a knee or elbow landing,” Teixeira said. “That’s what I expected before the fight: ‘This guy has a chance and I have to be on my guard.’ But on earth it never crossed my mind. “He will try to do this, to subdue me,” I never thought that he would try to do this. I imagined exactly what happened for four and a half rounds – he tried to knock me out with his legs, and I got into good hands, probably caught him with a counterattack when he advanced, and dominated the ground. It worked great for four and a half rounds.

“I never underestimated anyone, I never thought that I would give everyone in the first round. I will always go for submission, which is why I said you live by the sword and you will die by the sword. … That’s what the fans like. This is what I do and I don’t regret it, but the lesson is to always be on the lookout. It happened for the first time in my career, and that’s what it is. Life goes on.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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