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UFC Champion Glover Teixeira entertains the idea of ​​a cross-promotional fight

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Glover Teixeira recently shared his interest in a rematch with Corey Anderson.

Teixeira won the strap at UFC 267 in October when he dethroned Jan Blachowicz with a rear-naked choke in the second round. The 42-year-old UFC veteran is on a seven-fight win streak and was assigned to defend his belt against Jiri Prochazka on June 11 at UFC 275.

Typically, a UFC champion is viewed by the masses as the best fighter in the world in their respective weight class, regardless of promotion. However, Bellators Anderson believes he is the best light heavyweight around.

Anderson and 205-pound champion Vadim Nemkov fought in the finals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix on April 15, and “Overtime” brought it to Nemkov. The fight ended after an accidental heads-to-head collision and was ruled a no contest.

Before the unfortunate punch, however, Anderson landed powerful punches from half guard. Overtime had momentum and he believes he was on his way to claiming Nemkov’s belt and the $1 million grand prize.

Speaking to MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin after the fight, Anderson declared himself the top active light heavyweight in the world. Extra time also holds a win against Teixeira: a unanimous decision win in July 2018.

“I’m the best in the world, not just in Bellator, but the best,” Anderson said of the outlet. “I went out and showed it. I really felt it and believed it, and now I really, really, really believe it. I expected this fight to be tough, but let’s face it. I won’t say it was an easy fight but at the same time I made it seem like I was the best.

“I made it look like I was the champion. I went out there and fought and did whatever I was supposed to do. Like I said, if you go out there and bang me now, you’re just a hater.

During a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca, Glover responded to Anderson’s comments. The UFC champion said his loss to Anderson was a “bad fight” and he was banking on overtime at Bellator.

“It’s water under the bridge,” Teixeira said of Middle Easy. “Corey went there and he felt better that night [in 2018]. It was a bad fight, I lost a decision [but] It’s a fight that could have gone five or ten rounds and he wouldn’t have knocked me out or subdued me, he wouldn’t have done anything.

“I got tired and he stopped. I had no grades [on my face] when I got out. But Corey is doing a good job at Bellator. I cheer him on.”

But if the two ever meet in a cage again, Teixeira fully expects to beat Anderson. Though he admits Anderson is “doing fine,” Teixeira slammed the fact that Overtime parted ways with the UFC following his KO loss to Blachowicz in 2020.

“If we have to fight again one day, of course I’m going to win, man. I’m much better now,” said Teixeira. “I stayed in the organization and he got fired, you know? After that he lost. He was KO’d by Blachowicz. He was beaten unconscious by the man I took the belt from.

“He’s lucky he beat me and can say it but, man, I don’t mind. I’d rather see birds singing. I’m not going to stress about it because this fight… everything is different today. That was four years ago, 2018. I’m world champion now. Where was I classified then? He lost, had his lows here [in the UFC] and went to Bellator, but he’s fine now.

Teixeira didn’t flinch after being asked if he would welcome a cross-promotional fight with him and Anderson. However, he understands that the fight would only happen if UFC President Dana White saw enough value in it.

“That’s up to the organizer,” Teixeira said of a possible UFC vs. Bellator event. “Dana [White] does the right thing. If he sees the money, if he sees it’s worth it, he definitely will. He has done it before and will do it again. Who am I to speak my mind to Dana White? If I were at that level I would be promoting my own event. [Laughs].”

“That’s up to the organizer,” Teixeira said of a possible UFC vs. Bellator event. “Dana [White] does the right thing. If he sees the money, if he sees it’s worth it, he definitely will. He has done it before and will do it again. Who am I to speak my mind to Dana White? If I were at that level I would be promoting my own event. [Laughs].”

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