He did it in about the most respectful way possible, but Glover Teixeira still called out light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier after his third-round submission win Saturday over Ovince Saint Preux. Indeed, Teixeira looked impressive in beating the young contender and managed to maintain his position in the division's top five.
Cormier isn't buying the idea that Teixeira could challenge him effectively, however. During the FOX Sports 1 post-event show, the champion and television analyst insisted that the Brazilian is no match for him.
"Come on, that guy you saw fighting (tonight) is not beating me," Cormier said incredulously.
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"He did a good job, but he's not beating me. I saw improvement in his conditioning. What's he going to do, take me down repeatedly? Glover Teixeira needs more fights. I cannot say coming off a loss and one win shouldn't get you a title shot -- (after all) I got a title shot. Gustafsson got a title fight off a loss. We never really know what's going to happen with Glover."
That said, Cormier has a better idea for a future title contender -- his fellow FOX Sports 1 panelist Rashad Evans. Evans, the former 205-pound champ, next fights Ryan Bader.
Cormier defends his belt next against Alexander Gustafsson. If both of them make it out of those bouts, DC wouldn't mind slugging it out with Evans, as they've been scheduled to do in the past.
"(Teixeira) keeps on (calling Cormier out). He's done it time and time again," he said.
"Listen, Glover Teixeira, great job. You fought well. You've got more work to do. Don't go jumping the line. My man Rashad Evans -- if he gets past Ryan Bader -- deserves the next shot. Slow down, Mr. Teixeira."