UFC Vegas 13 results: Glover Teixeira completes Thiago Santos, requires title shot
The Ultimate Fighting Championship went back to the UFC Pinnacle for its second event since going back to Las Vegas from its second stint on Battle Island in Abu Dhabi.
UFC Vegas 13 featured a strong battle card with many finishes, featuring a light heavyweight competitor face-off in between No. 1 ranked Thiago Santos and No. 3 ranked Glover Teixeira.
Glover Teixeira endures several scares to tap Thiago Santos
Santos entered the battle coming off of a split-decision loss to then-champion Jon Jones in his most recent fight, which remained in July of2019 Teixeira brought a four-fight winning streak into the Octagon on Saturday night, having actually defeated Anthony Smith in May.
Santos landed some heavy punches early that rocked Teixeira in the first round, but he responded by shooting for the takedown. Santos returned to his feet, but Teixeira kept a body lock, tossed Santos back to the flooring, and went to work from half guard with ground and pound.
Santos eventually gained full guard, however Teixeira stayed heavy on him, grounding and pounding, as Santos was required to sweat off his back until the end of the round.
In round 2, Teixeira right away went back to what worked in the very first frame, putting Santos on his back. Rapidly getting a high position in the half guard, Teixeira dropped heavy punches and elbows on Santos, who was doing everything he could to keep Teixeira out of side control or full install.
Santos gained back half guard, however Teixeira kept bombarding him with hammerfists and elbows en route to moving to side control. Teixeira moved to Santos’s back and sank a deep rear-naked choke, however the clock ran out before he might force the tap or put Santos to sleep.
Teixeira went back to the well as round three started, relocating for the takedown, but Santos caught him with a left hook that sent him reeling. Santos dropped on top of Teixeira, working from side control, delivering heavy punches and elbows to his head.
Teixeira escaped to his feet, body locked Santos and tossed him back to the mat. Not wanting to offer Santos another chance to hurt him, he took his fellow Brazilian’s back and sunk in the fight-ending rear-naked choke that time abandoned in the second frame. This time, Santos had no option however to tap.
UFC president Dana White just recently stated that middleweight champ Israel Adesanya would get the first crack at recently minted light heavyweight champ Jan Blach