“My jiu-jitsu is there, but if I take a guy down, like with Rampage (Quinton Jackson), I took him down and I felt like the fight wasn’t going anywhere because the way he was holding my arms, and I could have just stayed there, and I think I could have finished him on the ground, but it would be a jiu-jitsu match, passing the guard, hold him down, mount and then go for the choke. That’s a boring fight. Fans don’t want to see that too much.”
“My jiu-jitsu style is definitely not the most entertaining one, so I’d rather do boxing and entertain the fans a little more,” Teixeira said. “My jiu-jitsu style is not a beautiful style. I have very simple submissions. It works, but it’s not like Demian Maia or Nick Diaz’s very exciting style.”
“I’m an aggressive fighter. I put on a show for the fans every time. I’m not one of the guys that’s going to hold back and try to win on points. If I beat Jon Jones for four rounds, they can expect that in the next round I’m still going to try to finish the fight. Every minute, every second of that fight I’m going to try and finish the fight, and that’s what fans want to see.”
On UFC 172: “I don’t want it to affect my training too much and it gets hard some time. I know that it will be more than the last fight, and I hope it’s not too much more, but I’m ready for it. It’s part of the job.”
“I have a style that the fans will like to watch. I have an aggressive style. If I wasn’t like that maybe I would feel like I had to be more aggressive, but I feel like me and Jones are going to put on a great show. I really believe that it could go either way. It could go quick, but I really believe that it is going to be a good hard fight.”
Teixeira has proven that fact by racking up 13 knockouts over the course of 24 professional fights.