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Trocação Franca, Ep. 2: Glover Teixeira talks upcoming title shot, a ‘dumb decision’, and teammate Alex Pereira’s future

Glover Teixeira won five in a row in the UFC to earn another shot at the light heavyweight gold. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira reflects on his dangerous 42-day illegal journey from Brazil to U.S. through the Mexico border in his youth and how that “dumb decision” almost ruined his career in the big leagues of MMA on the second episode of MMA Fighting’s debut Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca with Guilherme Cruz.

Teixeira also discusses his upcoming title bout with Jan Blachowicz in Abu Dhabi, his teammate Alex Pereira’s long-awaited octagon debut against Andreas Michailidis at UFC 268 and his potential rematch with UFC middleweight king Israel Adesanya with 4-ounce gloves after Pereira’s wins over Adesanya in kickboxing.

Raphael Marinho, MMA journalist for Globo in Brazil, also weighs in on Anderson Silva’s and Vitor Belfort’s wins over Tito Ortiz and Evander Holyfield in boxing, Teixeira’s chances at dethroning Blachowicz at UFC 267, and what to expect from Pereira’s UFC career.

Trocação Franca will drop weekly every Wednesday with different Brazilian MMA stars and journalists to debate the hottest topics in the Brazilian combat sports world.

Listen to the debut episode below and don’t forget to subscribe to the MMA Fighting feed on all your favorite podcast platforms for the newest episodes.

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