Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But do you really need to when your old tricks still work?
Thirty-nine-year-old Glover Teixeira looked down and out early in his UFC Brooklyn bout with Karl Roberson on Saturdanight. But he turned things around in the blank of an eye and won before the opening round was out. An arm-triangle ended things at the 3:21 mark in the light heavyweight main-card opener at Barclays Center.
“He was ferocious, but I was like there’s no freaking way he’s going to finish me here,” Teixeira said. “I needed to finish him.”
Roberson rocked Teixeira early as his opponent tried to pin him along the fence. He hit several elbows to the side of the head which dropped him. Roberson then went town with more elbows after Teixeira hit the mat.
But the Danbury, Conn. resident by way of Brazil worked his way out of the tenuous spot, got back to his feet, and took over from there. He wrestled Roberson to the mat, got mount, and worked into position for the triangle. The first attempt didn’t take, but the second one got the job done.
Teixeira improved to 28-7 with his 24th career finish. He’s won two of his past three fights. Roberson (7-2) lost for the first time in the UFC.