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Glover Teixeira open to rematch with ‘samurai’ Jiri Prochazka in Czech Republic

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Glover Teixeira wants to fight Jiri Prochazka for the UFC light heavyweight title.

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The Brazilian was ahead on the scoresheets with seconds left on the clock in the final round in Singapore when Prochaska drowned in a rear naked choke and forced him to press UFC 275 on June 11, becoming the first Czech fighter to win a UFC belt. .

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“Physically fit” and uninjured despite being a 24-minute Fight of the Year candidate, Teixeira intends to start training again in less than three weeks with an eye on a potential rematch with Prochazka later this year, even if it means meeting him. in enemy territory in the Czech Republic.

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“Why not?” Teixeira said in a recent episode of the MMA Fighting podcast. free exchange. “I was going to fight him in Brazil. [so] we can go get the belt wherever it is. I went to defend him in Singapore. I could say, “No, the first time was to be in Brazil.” Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. [But] we’ll go for this belt anywhere, no matter the cost.”

Teixeira praised Prochazka’s heart after UFC 275 as the challenger was able to overcome difficult situations over four rounds and in doing so became the first man to ever defeat the seasoned Brazilian in MMA.

“He is a warrior, a guy who goes forward,” Teixeira said. “I knew that he had the heart of a samurai, a winner who fought to the end and never gave up. He did not give up the battle and managed to win. In terms of performance, I’m also frustrated with what happened. I had a perfect performance, I won the fight and I won well, and I’m sad because of the mistake I made. That’s why we have to do it again. It’s time to run it back. He needs to understand that this is a fight that everyone wants to see right now. Those who missed the first part will watch it now.

“It’s time for him to make money. He will pay per view [money]he is a champion. Not to mention what we talked about inside the octagon. I don’t have to talk nonsense to promote this fight, to try to earn a rematch. I really want this revenge [to happen]but i don’t want to talk [crap] for this. Many people get lost trying to do this.

“Dana White needs to look at this. The fans are asking for a rematch. I had a good performance throughout the fight, I only lost one round and dominated the fifth round. [Prochazka] not happy with your performance? Do it again. Let’s do it again man. Let’s see who is the best, because I know that it is still stuck in his throat, how the victory was, and people say: “If not for this.” [guillotine].’ It’s hard to hear it. “F***, he was losing that fight. How lucky he is. It wasn’t luck. He went for it and believed in strangulation. I didn’t believe in it. I made a mistake.

“It’s time to do it again. That’s why I want a rematch. Promote it by saying we’re ready to put on another show.”

Before his first title defense, Teixeira toyed with the idea of ​​hanging up his gloves later this year at a potential UFC New York event. Now that he is no longer a 205 pound champion but still posting the best record of his life, Teixeira sees no reason to slow down.

“I said that [retiring] there was a possibility, but no, man,” Teixeira said. “Our goal is to get the belt again and we have to defend it after we win. This is a matter of honor for an athlete. You can retire after the defense, as I said, but I have a different goal now. I didn’t believe that I would lose it. I planned to win, protect him again and maybe [retiring after]. I never said it was final. I’m hungry to come back and train again. As long as I do it well, I will continue [fighting]”.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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