In the second minute of the third round, Teixeira was able to locate himself to put Santos on his back, win him over and subdue him with a sledgehammer. In this way the veteran, who has not fought for the belt for more than five years, gets his fifth straight victory, the fourth by completion, and gets on the list of the Fighter of the Year, reports the MMA portal.
The native of Brazil, who lives and trains in Connecticut, lost his first and only title fight to Jon Jones at UFC 172 in April 2014. Now he feels capable of fighting for the light heavyweight belt, which is in the hands of Jan Blachowicz, as Teixeira himself stated in the post-combat press conference.
“Dana White, man, come on,” Teixeira said, referring to the UFC president. “I’m an old man. I’m here. You have to give me a chance…not easy. Give me that title shot, man. Anyway, I am very happy to be here,” he added.
In turn, the ESPN network reports that Dana White heard Teixeira’s words well and already has an answer.
“I heard him and I agree with him and I take him seriously. I’m not going to doubt him anymore. He looked great tonight,” White told UFC’s Laura Sanko in a backstage interview on Saturday, according to ESPN.
In UFC light heavyweight history, Teixeira (32-7) is now tied for second in wins (15) and first in finishes (12).
Watch his after-match interview below: