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Teixeira says Jones could be Usain Bolt, but is more like Lance Armstrong

Glover Teixeira explains his thoughts about Jon Jones’ legacy ahead of his fight against Anthony Johnson at UFC 202.

Glover Teixeira by Esther Lin MMA Fighting
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Glover Teixeira feels bad for what Jon Jones has done to his career. Most recently, Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 main event, after failing a pre-fight drug test for estrogen blockers. As Teixeira prepares to take on Anthony Johnson at UFC 202, he told Combate about how he thinks Jones could have been as big as Usain Bolt in MMA, but at this point, is more like Lance Armstrong.

"It's hard to comment. Jon Jones is the best fighter in history. He could be doing what Usain Bolt is doing. He's one of the best fighters ever, defeated everybody in the weight class and then does what he's been doing for the past couple of years. It's sad. We want a chance to fight the guy. To get in there and knock him out. But it's part of the sport.

"We never want anything bad to happen, especially to an athlete like Jon Jones. I hope he can get back on track. I don't think Jon Jones needed to take anything. He's younger than everybody else. Plus, if he took something he shouldn't, he should lose his title. He's like Lance Armstrong, who won all those titles and then they took them away from him. So the question remains. Was he really a champion or could anybody have been the champion if they were taking what he was taking?"

Glover Teixeira is expected to take on Anthony Johnson in the co-main event of UFC 202, in Las Vegas, on August 20. The card will be headlined by a welterweight rematch between UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, and the last man to beat him, Nate Diaz.

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