DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH)–Glover Teixeira is one of the biggest names in UFC, a fighter who’s gone from near-poverty in his home country of Brazil to the doorstep of a world championship, and the owner of his own MMA training facility in Danbury.
When he settled in his now-adopted hometown, pretty much all Teixeira had with him was a hidden talent and an iron-clad work ethic.
“I came to this country and I started landscaping in Danbury with friends I had over here,” he said. “But I wanted this for myself. I wanted to be a champion.”
He’s gone from cutting lawns and working in a boxing gym to the top of the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Each day, the 35-year-old takes another step towards championship status.
Currently ranked third in his class, his next fight in November could be the last door he needs to knock down for a shot at the title.
“No matter how good you are and how talented you are, you gotta put the hard work in,” he said. “I never sit down and say, I’m satisfied with what I have. I haven’t reached what I wanted, I’m still looking forward to learning and be a champion.”
“After I become a champion, then you can come back here and do another interview,” he said, smiling.