Glover Teixeira’s year was one of surprises.
In 2022, the Brazilian lost the belt to Jiri Prochazka in the last seconds of a fight he had in his favor on the cards, the rematch was canceled and a new chance to regain the semi-complete belt against Jamahal Hill at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro arose.
Now, Glover is happy with his career and ruled out retirement on January 21.
When asked about retirement, he pointed out that he has no plans for the future, that he lives on the surprises and conquests of the present, as well as that he has been competitive in training and fights.
“There is definitely no retirement now. Someone asked me at the time: You think of one more fight and then defend at Madison Square Garden? I said: ‘Who knows? This weekend, mainly with what happened with me, it doesn’t change anything.”
“I never plan for the future. I live in the present. I don’t think about things like, ‘I’m going to retire on this date.’ The day I retire will be the day I’m training badly, or when I don’t want to go to the gym anymore,” Glover explained in conversation with Trocacao Franca.
“I’ve had moments like that in the past. I was dealing with injuries, it was bad. When I lost to Corey Anderson, I thought, ‘I’m going to fight one more time, and if I lose, I’m going to retire.’ But I was with new gym, changing some things and being happy.”
“I love to be training and fighting. You saw my last fight, the one with Jiri? We can see the level I’m fighting at. My fighting is intense and that’s why people can’t keep up with it,” he concluded.