WATCH: Glover Teixeira Chokes Out Thiago Santos After Getting Knocked Down with a Devastating Punch

Published 11/08/2020, 2:27 AM EST


UFC Vegas 13 is in the books and Glover Teixeira put the division on notice with a statement RNC submission win. The 41-year-old Brazilian veteran is now five-wins deep in the light heavyweight division with his win over Thiago Santos. Additionally, he’s now the clear-cut title contender in the 205-pound division and will likely face-off against Jan Blachowicz next.

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He’s finished 27 out of his 31 victories, nine of which have come via submission. It is clear that Teixeira is one of the best grapplers currently on the UFC roster. Despite the fact that he got rocked by Santos, he used his grappling to secure a comfortable submission victory.

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The top-heavy pressure and ground strikes were chipping away at Santos’ will and he couldn’t help but submit. The end came with a clean tap at 01:49 of the third-round.

UFC Vegas 13: Thiago Santos vs Glover Teixeira

Teixeira dominated the ground game once the fight hit the canvas and had accrued over five minutes of ground time before the end of round two. The power Santos possesses is second to none, and he used it to great effect against Teixeira. ‘Marreta’ dropped Glover every time he landed, but the 41-year-old was resilient.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Glover Teixeira of Brazil punches Thiago Santos of Brazil in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The aging veteran’s chin and durability could be a concern as he’s been knocked down frequently. This will be a critical viewing point when he faces Blachowicz, who’s a powerhouse in every sense of the word. Moreover, it is his strength and experience that has helped him overcome adversity to eventually pull out the win.

Thiago Santos almost managed to put away Glover in the opening moments of the first round. Chiefly, it seems as though his wrestling leaves plenty to be desired, as Glover took him down at will. In a competitive division, ‘Marreta’ will have to round-out his arsenal to make sure he gets back into contention.

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Glover Teixeira has now beaten a man who many believed was the toughest test of Jon Jones’ career. Thiago Santos went toe to toe with the consensus GOAT and narrowly lost a split decision. The number three ranked contender in Glover Teixeira can expect to move up to contention when the rankings come out.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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