Glover Teixeira’s UFC career began in 2012, more than three years after it could have started due to visa issues for the Brazilian MMA star. After five straight victories, Teixeira fought Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title, but after losing that fight, he went through years of ups and downs in his career.
Then, in early 2019, Teixeira began the six-fight career that would finally put him where he always wanted to be, at age 42: the UFC light heavyweight world champion. Teixeira defeated Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267 on Saturday, and as the Brazilian-born fighter who now calls Connecticut his home celebrated in the cage in Abu Dhabi, social media began to explode as the rest of the UFC roster of fighters, current champions like Francis Ngannou, Kamaru. Usman and Aljamain Sterling, former champions Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier, veterans and young fighters alike congratulated Teixeira.
Here’s what they had to say about the newly crowned champion.
See Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira (UFC 267)
Glover Teixeira is like a fine wine, the older he gets the better he is.
This man is unbelievable !!!
Congratulations Champ 🏆 👏🏾 # UFC267
– Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) October 30, 2021
– KAMARU USMAN (@ USMAN84kg) October 30, 2021
Just incredible! What a sport! https://t.co/s6138tnC6A
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 30, 2021
Good for glover
– CH🖕🏽TO🇪🇨VERA (@chitoveraUFC) October 30, 2021
– Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) October 30, 2021
That is awesome to see @gloverteixeira get the strap.
– Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) October 30, 2021
– GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) October 30, 2021
The @gloverteixeira story trumps the Rocky story all day. I’m still in awe, what an impressive performance. 20 years of commitment to a dream coming to fruition, unreal. Congratulations champ !!!!! # ufc267
– Michael Chiesa (@ MikeMav22) October 30, 2021
Teixeira keeping 40+ year old dreams alive !!! WOW !!! # UFC267
– Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 30, 2021
Good to see Glover get it done !!
– Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) October 30, 2021