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Glover Teixeira jumping stateside

Glover Teixeira jumping stateside

June 7, 2011

Brazil’s top light heavyweight free agent made quick work of an overmatched opponent Saturday at Shooto Brazil 23, the first stop on what could be Glover Teixeira’s last tour of his home circuit before jumping stateside.

Inside the Hebrew Social and Sports Club in Rio de Janeiro, the 31-year-old Teixeira used his famously heavy hands to drub Amapaense Simao Melo, a replacement for original adversary Maurilio “Touro” de Souza. After a brief struggle on the ground, Teixeira unleashed a flurry of knees and punches, finishing the 211-pound catchweight contest with a lights-out right cross at 1:49 of the opening round.

The knockout extended Teixeira’s winning streak to 10 and marked the start of a busy summer for the onetime Chuck Liddell sparring partner. Next up for Teixeira is a July 20 fight with UFC veteran Marcio “Pe De Pano” Cruz, followed by a bout on Shooto Brazil’s Aug. 25 “Fight for BOPE” card in Rio and a Sept. 24 tilt in the state of Sao Paolo. Teixeira then hopes to move to the UFC after fixing long-standing visa issues which have kept him from competing in North America since 2008.

“I expect to solve my visa issues in July, and I just have to thank my fans and people who want to see me in the U.S. for their support,” Teixeira told Sherdog.com after the win. “My opponent was a tough and brave guy, but I used my experience and my training with coach Claudio Coelho and Pedro Rizzo at Delfim Boxing Academy. It’s always great to win, but even better to win with a knockout.”

The show’s undercard featured UFC vet Antonio “Samuray” Mendes, who recorded a unanimous decision over Cleber Tavares de Moura and qualified to vie for the vacant Shooto South America 205-pound belt at Shooto Brazil 24 on Aug. 5. Also victorious were Nova Uniao lightweight Giovani Diniz (34-second knockout of Thiago Henrique Felix) and featherweight Paulo “Guerreiro” Dantas, who returned from a 10-month hiatus to stop Elifrank Cariolano at 3:00 of round two.

Source: Sherdog