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Glover Teixeira Plans to Be More Patient Against Misha Cirkunov

December 13, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Glover Teixeira spoke with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight with Misha Cirkunov at UFC on FOX 26 this weekend. Highlights are below:

On keeping his fight style the same against Cirkunov: “I’m still going to be Glover. I’m still going to be that guy that comes after you with a Mike Tyson style to finish a fight. But I’m just going to take my time a little more. I’ve been working a lot on my timing (and) the right time to throw combinations.”

On his reason for slowing down: “I used to come forward and try to knock everybody out. But it’s time to study the game a little more…I’ve just got to adjust my game and adjust the situations. I don’t know what’s going on. I know I’m always training hard and always looking to finish fights. Maybe I’m too anxious. I’ve got to slow down a little bit. That’s why I’ve been working on my footwork a lot more with this fight. Footwork and timing, because I think that’s very important for the fights, especially after you’ve been in the game for a while. They start capitalizing with your game.”

On pushing for a title shot: “I can’t change the past, so I’m going to try to change the future. I’m going to try and make this happen. I still have a lot of fights in me. I still am in love with the sport. I love to train. I’m in very good shape right now, and I’m just learning and enjoying myself as a fighter. I want to become a champion. I’m right there; I’m No. 3 in the world (in the UFC rankings). I need to beat Cirkunov and get onto the title radar again.”