John Hackleman is probably best known to long-time MMA fans as the ever-present coach of UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, but these days he's got a new contender in the UFC's marquee division: Glover Teixeira. He talked his man up to MMA Fight Corner:
"I think Jon Jones is great. I think anyone's beatable. A couple of people have come close, maybe if that armbar was a little better from Vitor, or if Lyoto stayed a little more aggressive with his punches, anybody can get beat," Hackleman said. "If anybody could hit him in the chin just right that would be one thing. Vitor came pretty close, caught him in a submission. I think Glover can beat anyone because he has such hard hitting that that could change any aspect of any fight 'cause he has that one-punch knockout power.
"Anyone can knock anyone out if they get hit just right, but some people just have that one-punch knockout power and its easier for them to knock people out," Hackleman continued. "And then, he's a really good wrestler, has unbelievable jiu jitsu, black belt and multiple tournament winner. To top it off he's a beast when it comes to conditioning. He's going to be a hard guy to beat, but Jon Jones is as well. It would definitely be an interesting match up and I think Glover would love to take that fight."
Teixeira submitted James Te Huna at UFC 160 last month. His next bout has not yet been booked. Bloody Elbow's Tim Burke would like to see him face the winner of UFC 161's Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans. Alexander Gustafsson is another top contender that's out there.
The division is essentially on hold while the UFC awaits the outcome of UFC 162's Middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. If Silva wins, the UFC is eager to book a "super fight" featuring Silva for it's 20th Anniversary show this November. The leading contenders for that fight are Jones and Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.