Biography(references)Teixeira is originally from the rural community of Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil and is of Portuguese descent. There was no electricity in many of the homes in his community, and there was only one gas station. He moved to Danbury, Connecticut in 1999 to help support his family and found a job in landscaping. After watching boxers such as Mike Tyson and the early mixed martial arts fighters such as Royce Gracie and Chuck Liddell compete, Teixeira decided that he wanted to follow the same path. After working 10 to 12-hour days landscaping, Teixeira did boxing training at Hat City Boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at American Top Team Connecticut.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time, current)
UFC: Most finishes in UFC Light Heavyweight division history (13)
UFC: Most submissions in UFC Light Heavyweight division history (7)
UFC: Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Rashad Evans, Ion Cuțelaba, Anthony Smith, and Jan Błachowicz
UFC: Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Ryan Bader
UFC: Submission of the Night (One time) vs. James Te-Huna
UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Ovince Saint Preux and Alexander Gustafsson
Shooto: South America 220-pound Championship (One time)
Sherdog: 2012 Beatdown of the Year vs. Fábio Maldonado
Sherdog: 2012 All-Violence Second Team
Sherdog: 2013 All-Violence Third Team
Sherdog: 2020 Beatdown of the Year vs. Anthony Smith
BT Sport: 2020 Comeback of the Year
Combat Press: 2020 Comeback of the Year vs. Thiago Santos
Combat Press: 2020 Comeback Fighter of the Year
Quintet Ultra: Team WEC 2019 grappling survival team
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