Glover Teixeira went from May 2006 to April of 2014 without losing a single fight, racking up 20 consecutive wins during the span.
Such a feat in modern MMA is almost unheard of, and it was enough to earn the Brazilian a shot against then light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Glover lost that fight by decision.
His next bout, against Phil Davis, ended up being another decision loss.
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The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, whose record boasted 13 knockouts and six submissions, entered Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event on a two fight losing streak, without any fights or wins in 2015.
What's more, he faced one of the most dangerous one-punch KO fighters in all of the UFC -- the surging, and younger Ovince Saint Preux. Saint Preux met Teixeira on friendly turf, in Tennessee, where he played college football for the Volunteers.
And, early on, Saint Preux looked every bit the man who knocked out former world champion and living fighting legend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in about half a minute. The rising contender hurt Teixeira badly, early, dropped him and nearly finished the former title challenger.
However, Teixeira managed to hang on. He not only survived, but went on to dominate the rest of the bout en route to a third-round technical submission win. In beating the division's hottest new contender in such convincing fashion, Teixeira showed that he's still got what it takes to hang with the young blood in the UFC's glamor division.
The 35-year-old's conditioning was particularly impressive. Not only did he push the pace and control the action, he finished stronger than he started.
Often times, great grapplers like Teixeira can tire and slow if they are unable to hold down their opponents or finish them, after securing dominant positions and threatening with submission holds. Glover only got sharper with each scramble, however, and snatched his finishing choke on lightning fast, in transition.
Teixeira's high fight IQ helped him focus a game plan on grappling against the dangerous Saint Preux, but he also didn't hesitate to throw with volume and ferocity on the feet. Teixeira remains, as he has been for a decade, a real threat on the feet and on the ground.
He's got real punching power and submission ability. Also, his wrestling ability only looks to be improving.
In his previous fight, Saint Preux was able to defend takedowns well (as well as get up whenever he was felled) from accomplished amateur wrestler Patrick Cummins. Cummins is a much more accomplished pure wrestler than Teixeira, but Glover's MMA wrestling, against the fence, proved a lot more effective.
It is unlikely that Glover could get the better of champion Daniel Cormier when it comes to takedowns. He does have the ability off his back to make things interesting should Cormier take him down, however.
Also, though DC's striking ability on the feet is phenomenal, he wouldn't be wise to stand and trade punches with Teixeira, either. Still, Cormier would appear to be a solid favorite against Teixeira.
However, Glover solidified his spot within the division's top five, and I'm not sure anyone would be a lock to blow him away. Even Jon Jones could merely outpoint him, not outclass Teixeira.
Teixeira came into the UFC under the radar to everyone but the most hardcore fans. A few years in, and at the start of what could end up being a second title run, he's likely to once more go underappreciated by many.
Teixeira isn't ready to recede into the background just yet, however. And, he showed once more that he's got the stuff to beat the most dangerous fighters in the division.
Don't forget about Glover Teixeira. You may end up hearing his name come up quite a bit, once more.