Glover Teixeira needs to run it again with Jiri Prochazka for the UFC gentle heavyweight championship.
The Brazilian was forward on the scorecards with seconds left within the clock within the closing spherical in Singapore when Prochazka sank in a rear-naked choke and compelled him to faucet at UFC 275 on June 11, changing into the primary Czech fighter to say a UFC belt.
“Physically well” and injury-free regardless of the 24-minute “Fight of the Year” candidate, Teixeira goals to begin coaching once more in lower than three weeks with eyes on a possible rematch with Prochazka later this yr, even when it means dealing with him in enemy territory within the Czech Republic.
“Why not?” Teixeira mentioned on a current episode of MMA Fighting podcast Trocação Franca. “I was going to fight him in Brazil, [so] we can go after the belt wherever it is. I went to defend it in Singapore. I could have said, ‘No, the first time was going to be in Brazil.’ Sadly, it didn’t work out. [But] we’ll go after this belt wherever, whatever it takes.”
Teixeira praised Prochazka’s coronary heart after UFC 275 because the challenger was capable of overcome troublesome conditions all through 4 rounds and nonetheless grow to be the primary man to ever submit the skilled Brazilian in MMA.
“He’s a warrior, a guy that comes forward,” Teixeira mentioned. “I knew he had the center of a samurai, of a winner, who fought till the top and by no means gave up. He didn’t surrender on the battle and managed to win. In phrases of efficiency, I’m additionally upset with what occurred. I had the right efficiency, was profitable the battle and profitable effectively, and I’m unhappy with the error I made. That’s why now we have to do it once more. It’s time to run it again. He has to comprehend that’s the battle all people needs to see proper now. Those who missed the primary one will watch it now.
“It’s time for him to earn money. He’ll make pay-per-view [money], he’s the champion. Not to say that we did the speaking contained in the octagon. I don’t want to speak a bunch of crap to attempt to promote this battle, to attempt to earn the rematch. I really need this rematch [to happen], however I don’t need to have to speak [crap] for it. Many individuals get misplaced making an attempt to do it.
“Dana White has to take a look at this. Fans are asking for this rematch. I had a great efficiency the whole battle, solely misplaced one spherical, and was dominating the fifth spherical. [Prochazka] is just not completely satisfied together with his efficiency? Do it once more. Let’s do it once more, man. Let’s see who’s the most effective, as a result of I do know that’s nonetheless caught in his throat, too, the best way the victory was and folks saying, ‘If it wasn’t for that [guillotine].’ It’s onerous to listen to that. ‘F***, he was losing that fight. How lucky he was.’ That wasn’t luck. He went for it and believed within the choke. I didn’t consider 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’ll come prepared to put on another show.”
Prior to his first title protection, Teixeira was flirting with the concept of hanging up the gloves later this yr at a possible UFC occasion in New York. Now that he’s now not the 205-pound champion, however nonetheless coming off of the efficiency of a lifetime, Teixeira sees no motive to decelerate.
“I said that [retiring] was a possibility, but no, man,” Teixeira mentioned. “The goal is to get the belt again, and we have to defend it after we win it. It’s a matter of honor for the athlete. You can retire after defending it, like I said, but I have a different goal now. I didn’t believe I was going to lose it. I planned on winning, defending it again, and maybe [retiring after]. I never said it was definitive. I’m hungry to come back and train again. As long as I’m doing it well, I’ll continue [fighting].”