Glover Teixeira follows the principle that you always have to be prepared for each situation, including changing opponents a few days before the duel.
Glover Teixeira (27-6) was to face the upcoming Sunday with Illy Latifi (14-5, NC) at UFC Fight Night 134, which will take in Hamburg - Countdown for UFC Hamburg - SUN. JUL. 22, 2018 - UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Shogun. However, this fight will not take place due to a Latifian injury. The replacement for the Swede will come from Corey Anderson (10-4). In an interview with BloodyElbow, Teixeira said he was always ready to change plans and change his opponent.
"I have this mentality that I have to be prepared for everything. I need to do my work out, my wrestling, jiu-jitsu and stand-up, because I already have an analysis of my opponent who is going to be a substitute and if something like that happens, it knocks you out of the rhythm. It really puzzles you. I think you have to get ready and be ready for anything, and in the last few weeks, we've started watching some tapes and we've seen what this guy is doing, but that's only in the last few weeks. This is the last part of the camp. You have to be prepared for everything and be ready for change, because it's not like unexpected. In this sport it happens all the time, all the time. "
Teixeira is currently third in the official UFC heavyweight ranking. His next opponent, Anderson, is ranked ninth. Winning for "Overtime" would make the Brazilian strengthen in the ranking, and perhaps he would have jumped to a higher position, but he also has much more to lose in the event of a defeat.
Glover Teixeira fought his last fight last December defeating Misha Cirkunova in the first round of UFC on FOX 26 by TKO in the first round. He lost to KO in the fifth round with Alexander Gustafsson.
Corey Anderson also had a victory in the last fight in which he defeated by the unanimous decision of Patrick Cummins at the UFC Fight Night 128 event in April. Earlier, Anderson suffered two defeats by KO in clashes with Jim Manuwa and Ovinc Saint Preux.