UFC Brooklyn’s Main Card kicked off with a light-heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Karl Roberson, where Teixeira would get a quick comeback win.
A short notice fight between consistent light-heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira and middleweight Karl Roberson helped kick off the UFC on ESPN+ era, as they were the opening bout on UFC Brooklyn’s main card. Teixeira was originally scheduled for a fight against prospect Ion Cutelaba, however Cutelaba pulled out of the fight. On about a week’s notice Roberson stepped up.
There have been many questions in Glover’s recent fights. Most norably, about how many punches he can take in this stage of his career, and that question was posed early on once again as Glover shot in for a takedown and was dropped with elbows and nearly finished by Roberson very early on. However, while his chin may still be suspect, Teixeira’s heart is intact. Glover took the shots and got back to his feet to secure a takedown, which he soon would convert. Glover would then get into full mount and look for an arm-triangle, which he couldn’t secure.
However Glover went back to the well not much later, and he secured the submission this time and wasn’t about to let it go. Forcing the tap, Teixeira moved into second place for finishes in the light heavyweight division during the UFC’s modern era. At 39 years of age, Glover Teixeira continues to win fights against young prospects in the 205lb division. Good rebound win for the former title challenger.
Glover Teixeira def. Karl Roberson by submission (arm-triangle choke), Round 1, 3:21