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Teixeira is the perfect 205 gatekeeper

There was a bit of hope last summer that when Glover Teixeira got a shot at Anthony Johnson that maybe he could get another title shot with a victory. The 37-year-old Brazilian is one of the most well-rounded light heavyweights in the sport, with incredible skills on the mat and with great power that can send anybody down in a hurry. But he’s never truly been on a championship level.

Teixeira has impressive victories over Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Ryan Bader, and ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans, but when he fought upper echelon fighters in the division things didn’t go his way at all. Teixeira rode a 20-fight and six-year unbeaten streak into a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 172 in 2014, but he looked lost for four rounds before suffering a unanimous decision loss.

After that, Teixeira lot to Phil Davis by unanimous decision. He still didn’t seem to be finished and he worked his way back to a number-one contender match, but when ‘Rumble’ Johnson knocked him out in 13 seconds all title hopes from there on out were finished.

But Teixeira has an incredibly important role in the UFC. As a second-tier light heavyweight fighter Teixeira has become the gatekeeper. The UFC will throw talented and rising guys up against him and see what they can do.

The uber-athletic Ovince St. Preux was given Teixeira in his home state of Tennessee in 2015. That was supposed to be the test to see is OVP would rise into the elite group of light heavyweights, but Teixeira choked him unconscious in the third round of a one-sided fight. It was clear then, OVP was not ready.

At UFC 208, Jared ‘The Killa Gorilla’ Cannonier looked to have an athletic and speed advantage over Teixeira and was looking to get the biggest win of his career. But Cannonier just wasn’t at all ready for Teixeira and dropped back down into a muddled group of hopeful future contenders with a unanimous decision loss.

It’s a perfect role for Teixeira right now in his career. he’s had his opportunities, maybe with some wins a few more up-and-comers he gets another No. 1 contender’s fight, but until then he is the gatekeeper for the division.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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