The last time Glover Teixire stepped into the cage, at MMA Contra a Dengue in Brazil, he took it to Ricco Rodriguez, putting the former UFC champion away in a swift 1:58 minutes. With a record of 17 wins and two losses in MMA, wins over the likes of Márcio “Pé de Pano”, Rameu Sokodjou and Marvin Eastman, not to mention solid showings in ADCC grappling competition, Glover has long been one of Brazilian fight fans’ greatest hopes to make it big on the big stage of the UFC, but repeated attempts at getting his US visa were denied.
Having moved to his homeland of Brazil to sort out his US permanence some two years ago, leaving his American wife behind in his adoptive home, Glover’s permanency woes are now behind him, as his residence permit came through and he is now free to return to his wife and ply his trade in the major North American events.
“Great news. Glover Teixeira managed his US visa and is free to fight in the UFC,” Pedro Rizzo posted over Twitter.
Glover, who hasn’t tasted defeat since 2006, was invited to fight Fabio Maldonado at UFC Rio 2, but a hand injury got in the way of him making his dreamed-of debut. The fighter is expected to finally perform in the octagon in 2012.