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It's been a long long road to the Octagon for Glover Teixeira who smushed Kyle Kingsbury in his UFC debut last night at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Teixeria, a 32-year-old Brazilian with an 18-2 record that includes 11 knock outs, is someone the UFC has wanted since 2007. Unfortunately some stubborn visa problems kept Teixeira out of the UFC.
UFC 146 Results: Glover Teixera defeats Kyle Kingsbury via submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:53 of the first round.
Teixiera first came to the attention of fans when one of his early KO victims, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou went on a huge run in Japan's Pride Fighting Championships and came to the UFC on a huge wave of hype. When fans and UFC matchmaker heard that Teixeira trained with the same teams as UFC champs Chuck Liddell, Marco Ruas and Pedro Rizzo they were even more intrigued.
Unfortunately bureaucrats are stubborn things. Teixeira had to stay in Brazil for year after year, quietly racking up wins on the Brazilian circuit.
When he got his chance against UFC veteran Kyle Kingsbury, Teixeira made the most of it. He beat up Kingsbury badly on the feet, hurt him on the ground and immediately capitalized with a fight-ending arm triangle choke when the opportunity presented itself.
The rest of the UFC's Light Heavyweight division better watch out. The paper-pushers at the INS can't protect you anymore. Glover Teixeira is here and he's looking to make up for lost time.
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