Glover Teixeira is a Brazilian martial artist who owns and operates Teixeira MMA & Fitness with his wife Ingrid. Glover formerly competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Glover, who was the Light Heavyweight World Champion & is the current record holder for the most finishes and submissions in the UFC's Light Heavyweight division and is one of the oldest fighters ever to win a UFC title.
Besides the UFC, Glover has also competed in the WEC, Impact FC, PFC, Shooto and numerous Jiu Jitsu and grappling tournaments over the years. He's fought in countries like Germany, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Spain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and many locations throughout the United States and Brazil.
Glover is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Hawaiian Kempo under John Hackleman of The Pit in California, a Vale Tudo Luta Livre Black Belt under Marco Ruas of Ruas Vale Tudo and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Glover won the 2009 Brazilian ADCC trials in the under 99kg division, he took 2nd place in the 2011 Brazilian ADCC trials and in 2021 he became the UFC's Light Heavyweight Champion. Glover is originally from Sobralia, Minas Gerais in Brazil. He moved to the United States in 1999 and currently teaches & trains at his gym in Bethel, Connecticut.
Glover Teixeira co-starred in the second season opening episode of the MMA reality television series TapouT. Since 2012 Teixeira has been included annually as an athlete in the Topps collector cards UFC editions. Teixeira was featured on the cover of "Train Hard Fight Easy" magazine in January of 2013. Teixeira was made into a Limited Edition Action Figure in the UFC Ultimate Collector Round 5 Collectors Series 14.5 released in 2013. Teixeira is a featured fighter in the EA Sports UFC video game released in 2014 and in the EA Sports UFC 2 video game which was released in March of 2016. Teixeira also is a featured fighter in the EA Sports UFC 3 video game which was released in February of 2018 and EA Sports UFC 4 which was released in August of 2020. In November of 2021, Teixeira was presented with The Key to the City of Danbury Connecticut for his Championship win and for his many contributions to the city.
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In May 2013, Teixeira had prepared testimony and spoke before the Members of the Connecticut General Assembly Public Safety and Security Committee. Teixeira spoke in hopes of encouraging their vote to legalize and regulate Mixed Martial Arts in Connecticut. Teixeira ended his testimony by stating, "Having been in Connecticut since 1999, I can tell you that MMA is a very popular sport here as it is all over the world. Ironically, I can sit in my living room in Danbury and watch MMA on television. I can buy it on Pay-Per-View. I can watch it in restaurants and bars across Connecticut. I can go to Mixed Martial Arts gyms throughout the state and train to compete in MMA. And I can attend live events in nearby and at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos. But I cannot participate in a supervised and regulated live event here in Connecticut. In conclusion, I would just add that I would love to have the opportunity to participate in an event someday here in my home state of Connecticut."
In November 2013, Teixeira attended the UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. This event was the fourth that the UFC had hosted in cooperation with a military base to support the military. It helps raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides support for severely wounded military personnel and veterans and the families of military personnel lost in service. The first event reportedly raised $4 million during its three-hour broadcast.
In February 2014, Teixeira went to the United States Capital and met with Senators John McCain and Harry Reid to support the continued research of the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center study of brain health. This landmark study is designed to look at the effects of combat sports on the human brain of professional fighters. This will continue the commitment to athlete safety and benefit athletes from many other sports. Also in attendance was UFC fighter Jon Jones, Chairman and CEO of The UFC Lorenzo Fertitta, SpikeTV President Kevin Kay, Top Rank President Todd duBoef, & Bernard Hopkins representing Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
In October 2014, Teixeira was a part of the 'Pink Bra' tour to raise money for early detection and prevention of breast cancer and breast cancer research. Danbury was one of 10 locations for 'Barbells for Boobs' on its 10-stop nationwide tour. "This is a good cause and I love it. I've lived in Danbury for the past 15 years, and anyway I can help I'm glad to," said Teixeira.
In 2016, the New American Dream Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Tribuna CT Newspaper, recognized Teixeira with the "2016 American Dream Leadership Award". “I didn’t put Danbury on the map. Danbury put me on the map. Danbury gave me the opportunity to train and become the fighter I am today,” he said in his acceptance speech.
In November of 2021, Teixeira was presented with The Key to the City of Danbury Connecticut for his Championship win and for his many contributions to the city.