Glover Teixeira has high hopes for his training partner Alex Pereira now that he's in the UFC. That also includes rematching the current champion Israel Adesanya.
It won't be easy for Alex Pereira to get to the level of Israel Adesanya. Not when he just made his debut at UFC 268.
Glover Teixeira believes it won't take much time at all for his training partner to make it in the UFC. He's a very quick learner.
“I told [Pereira], ‘One year,’” Teixeira said on The MMA Hour. “I told him when he signed with the UFC, ‘Hey man, they’ll be talking about you in about one year, three fights.’ Especially the way he fought. It couldn’t go better.
“I couldn’t be more happy as a coach as a training partner that’s been telling people that this guy is no joke. He’s got a lot to learn, but he’s learning things quick. He’ll get things quick. I’m talking about you get a regular guy and whatever, that guy’s gonna learn in six months – [Pereira will] learn in a week. You show him a move and he just does it.”
UFC 268 was a mixed bag for Alex Pereira. The Brazilian was taken down and had a tough first round. The second round was a whole different story as the kickboxer landed a huge flying knee to earn the knockout.
“Alex is kind of like [me in training] and couldn’t have done better [at UFC 268],” Teixeira said. “He got taken down, he defended takedowns, he got up and he stayed there. You see the other guy come out of the clinch, the guy’s face was all messed up, he was dead tired and he come out with the flying knee. So calm, so relaxed.
“I say three more fights the most, and he wants to fight quick. He wants February already, he wants to fight quick, so he’s going to fight back to back probably. No injuries, no nothing. By this time next year, they’ll be talking about him and Adesanya.”
Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira are on a collision course in the UFC. According to Glover Teixeira, that could happen in less than a year.