Glover Teixeira Hammers Misha Cirkunov To Earn First Round TKO Victory (VIDEO)

Glover Teixeira gets back in the win column with a first round finish over Misha Cirkunov

Glover Teixeira still has plenty of fight left in him.

The former title contender suffered a tough knockout loss earlier this year but Teixeira bounced back in a big way on Saturday night as he took out highly touted prospect Misha Cirkunov at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg.

The fight didn’t start so well for Teixeira as he was backing up with Cirkunov on the attack, throwing and landing punches at will on the feet while chasing the veteran Brazilian around the Octagon.

Perhaps Teixeira was doing his best rope-a-dope style built for MMA because he allowed Cirkunov to get over aggressive with his striking attacks before grabbing onto him and taking the fight to the ground.

From there it was all Teixeira as he quickly took the back and nearly locked in a rear naked choke with Cirkunov wincing from the ill effects of the submission.

Cirkunov survived long enough to escape but Teixeira made an adjustment before flattening his opponent out on the mat before he began raining down punches from the top. Each shot seemed to land with more and more impact with Cirkunov doing nothing more than covering his head, which forced the referee to step into stop the fight.

The end came at 2:45 in the opening round.

Afterwards, Teixeira went over to the side of the cage where he started talking to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was on color commentary duties on Saturday night. Teixiera claims that Cormier told him that with an impressive win he’d do everything possible to get him a title shot.

Now Teixeira is ready to cash in on that offer while promising that he will put on a show if given the chance to fight Cormier for the title.

“Let’s go,” Teixeira shouted at Cormier. “The battle of the old school”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.