When all was said and done in the co-main event at UFC Hamburg on Sunday, Corey Anderson’s wrestling was simply too much for Glover Teixeira to handle.
In Sunday’s co-main event at UFC Fight Night 134 in Hamburg, Germany, former light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira took on Ultimate Fighter winner Corey Anderson. This UFC Hamburg 205lb showdown would potentially put one of the pair into the title hunt. Anderson was coming off a win at UFC Atlantic City over Patrick Cummins, while Teixeira had most recently got the better of Misha Cirkunov. It was also a short-notice fight for Anderson, who stepped in for Volkan Oezdemir.
A little bit of boxing from Gover Teixeira backed Corey Anderson up early in the first round of their co-main event meeting. Anderson changed levels, thinking takedown, but Glover was able to defend. Another exchange on the feet led to a more determined takedown attempt by ‘Overtime.’ Once again, however, Teixeira proved able to defend, and they moved out into the center of the cage. Anderson opted to lead with some kicks then, not fearing any takedowns from the Brazilian. It may have been a ruse to get Glover’s mind off the takedow, as Anderson shot in — and was stuffed — for the third time moments later. Anderson would launch an uppercut that Teixeira expertly avoided, and another grappling exchange saw Teixeira reverse position along the cage. Anderson, however, would finally drag the Brazilian down with about two minutes remaining. He tried to flatten Glover out; Teixeira gave up his back getting up, was taken down again, and gave up the back yet again. Still, he was able to climb back up, while Anderson held on to a body lock.
Another takedown by Anderson followed. Another quick return to the feet by Glover Teixeira. Glover then ate an uppercut and overhand right from Anderson, but on the next takedown attempt, Teixeira locked in a guillotine. Anderson, however, gave the thumbs up as the round came to a close.
After an early takedown by Anderson in round two, Teixeira quickly made it back up and worked for a takedown of his own. That was stuffed, and they went at it back in the center of the octagon. Anderson’s wrestling made the Brazilian’s look amateur in comparison, but Glover used veteran smarts, grounding himself at one point to stay out of danger. Teixeira backed Anderson up, but wound up being clipped; Anderson then pounced, forcing Glover to the ground and landing some ground n’ pound. Teixeira would survive, however, making it back to his feet. He’d evade a couple of deadly-looking uppercuts moments later; Anderson would change levels, looking for a takedown. He’d eventually convert, with just under a minute remaining.
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The third round played out very similar to the first two. Corey Anderson’s chain wrestling was the story of the fight. Glover Teixeira would work to trap him in a guillotine off one level change by the cage, but the submission simply wasn’t there. What was there was the takedown for Anderson, which he landed again in the final two minutes. Anderson looked to take the back in the final minute, thinking finish on a night full of decisions (eight, prior to the co-main event), but no dice. Teixeira needed a finish, but instead found himself taken down one last time before the bell, as Corey Anderson picked up perhaps the biggest win of his career.
Corey Anderson def. Glover Teixeira by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)