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‘People Die, Get Arrested, Tortured … We Wait For The Fog To Cross The US Border At Night’ – Glover Teixeira Reveals An Incredible Journey To The Top As He Aims To Complete The American Dream And Become The oldest UFC champion

  • Glover Teixeira faces light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267
  • He could become the oldest champion in UFC history if he manages to win
  • Teixeira’s best years were not fought in the UFC while he was looking for a visa
  • His history of crossing the border illegally to enter the country is remarkable


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Glover Teixeira could become the oldest champion in UFC history this weekend and his remarkable 42 years read like a Hollywood script.

The Brazilian faces light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz this Saturday with a chance to fulfill the American dream having arrived with nothing after a staggering 43-day journey to smuggle into the country.

Teixeira has opened up about her story like never before on the Portuguese MMA Fighting podcast. Trocação Franca and detailed how he came to the United States when he was 19 years old in search of a better life.

Glover Teixeira, now 42, crossed the desert to reach America in search of a better life

Glover Teixeira, now 42, crossed the desert to reach America in search of a better life

The Brazilian (right) was late to MMA but will fight for a UFC title this weekend

The Brazilian (right) was late to MMA but will fight for a UFC title this weekend

The Brazilian (right) was late to MMA but will fight for a UFC title this weekend

“It’s tense,” he said. ‘It took me 43 days to get here. Everyone knows how dangerous it is to cross the border with Mexico. People die, people are arrested, tortured. Then [my mother] She was very worried, but also hopeful that her son was chasing his dream, seeking a better life.

‘He was 19, right? I didn’t care.I drank every night and got drunk most of the time. But we went through some scary places. We were on an island in Guatemala with the [natives].

“They were nice people, but you could see that there were no police, there was nothing. We were treated very well, but the guides were obviously bribing everyone.

‘It is dangerous. Some of my friends were rowdy, so we kept telling them to stay calm because we were in a different place.

The light heavyweight has done it the hard way, but his story is remarkable.

The light heavyweight has done it the hard way, but his story is remarkable.

The light heavyweight has done it the hard way, but his story is remarkable.

“I stayed in Tijuana for eight days, waiting for the fog to come so that the helicopter and the immigration people wouldn’t see us,” Teixeira added. “We had to wait for a heavy fog to cross the desert at night.”

The group managed to arrive in about five hours, some of them carrying backpacks with what Teixeira assumed were weapons or drugs, although he refused and explained to those who were taking him across the border that it was not part of the deal and that I just wanted to. work in the United States.

After arriving in San Diego, Teixeira was held captive in a room while the main smugglers demanded money from their guide. During that time with armed men outside, they only fed him one small meal a day and he was afraid he would be sent back to Brazil.

Finally, the money arrived and he freed Teixeira to start his new life.

Teixeira, pictured here with UFC president Dana White (right), made his UFC debut in 2012.

Teixeira, pictured here with UFC president Dana White (right), made his UFC debut in 2012.

Teixeira, pictured here with UFC president Dana White (right), made his UFC debut in 2012.

The 42-year-old was recently granted US citizenship after a long battle to achieve it.

The 42-year-old was recently granted US citizenship after a long battle to achieve it.

The 42-year-old was recently granted US citizenship after a long battle to achieve it.

He flew to Boston and then moved to Connecticut, where he still lives with his family.

It wasn’t long before watching some old UFC tapes inspired Teixeira to pursue mixed martial arts, but for years, his illegal status made it impossible to fight in big promotions like the UFC.

He was turned down for a visa on his first attempt and it was only after a letter from his wife to a junior state senator that the wheels began to turn.

At the end of 2011, he returned to the consulate for an interview and days later he was handed a US visa and passport.

Teixeira made his UFC debut the following year and won his first five fights in the organization before a spotty win-loss streak.

His latest revival has been remarkable and five wins in a row over three years have brought the veteran to this point.

On Saturday night in Abu Dhabi, perhaps the Hollywood script will have the box office finale it deserves.

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