This coming weekend’s UFC 160 event transmitting from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas features a main card bout in the Lightheavyweight division between James Te Huna and Glover Teixeira. Teixeira sits at a (-260) favorite with the comeback on Te Huna at (+210), so it appears that Teixeira’s reputation has carried over into the lines.
Teixeira has put together an impressive run of 18 victories in a row, and he took out former champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in his last outing. Teixeira earned a reputation as a guy no one wanted to fight before the Jackson bout, when the UFC was looking for someone to face him. Though the win over Jackson is big, it is hard to tell how ready Jackson was for this fight, as it was the last one of his UFC contract and he had made no secret of the fact that he would not return. Hopefully Teixeira is not looking past Te Huna.
Te Huna is lesser known, but he also has had a lot of success recently, winning 10 of his last 11 bouts, with the lone loss coming to top contender Alexander Gustafsson. A win over Teixeira would move Te Huna up in ranking considerably and would serve as his signature win, which he needs.
This has the makings of a standup slugfest on paper. Te Huna is known as a puncher and he would be more than happy to keep it standing. Teixeira has also shown a potent stand up game, but he did wind up tiring when his output against Fabio Maldonado was not enough to take him out despite basically hitting a sitting duck target. Teixeira has a few submissions throughout his career, but he will want to keep the fight standing as well.
With a win, Teixeira would be 4-0 in the octagon and be heading towards a title shot, which is where the Brazilian has been focused on getting since he came to the UFC.