'Against all odds': UFC fans stunned by never-before-seen moment

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Glover Teixeira (pictured right) celebrating after submitting Jan Blachowicz (pictured left).
Glover Teixeira (pictured right) made history after winning the light heavyweight title at 42 years old. (Getty Images)

The UFC world was left stunned after 42-year-old Glover Teixeira became the oldest fighter to wear gold for the first time in the sport's history with a remarkable win over Jan Blachowicz.

Heading into their light heavyweight bout, many fans had Blachowicz as the overwhelming favourite after his recent victory over Israel Adesanya.

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The Brazilian, Teixeira, had just turned 42 and was most likely facing his final chance of securing an allusive belt after more than 20 years in mixed martial arts.

And in remarkable circumstances, Teixeira proved age is just a number after dominating the Polish powerhouse to earn a second round submission.

The 42-year-old dominated Blachowicz in the first round as he took him down and kept him on the ground for more than four minutes.

In the second round, the pair traded heavy hands before Teixeira landed a heavy left hook that rocked Blachowicz.

Teixeira then took Blachowicz's back and submitted him with a rear-naked choke.

The UFC community heaped praise on the 42-year-old and his remarkable fairytale story.

Glover Teixeira's remarkable fairytale UFC story

Teixeira's rise to the top is a fairytale story.

In 2014, Jon Jones dominated Teixeira in a title fight.

By 2018, he lost to Corey Anderson in Hamburg, Germany, and was looking at three losses in his last five fights.

Fast-forward to 2021 and Teixeira is king of his division.

Following the fight, the humble Brazilian went up to UFC president Dana White and said: “It’s been 20 years! Can you believe it? Twenty years!”

Glover Teixeira (pictured right) talks with UFC president Dana White (pictured left) after his victory over Jan Blachowicz in the UFC light heavyweight championship fight.
Glover Teixeira (pictured right) talks with UFC president Dana White (pictured left) after his victory over Jan Blachowicz in the UFC light heavyweight championship fight. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Teixeira will likely face the exciting and dynamic striker Jiri Prochazka in his first-title defence.

However, on the other side, the 28-year-old Blachowicz was devastated after a lacklustre display.

“This is not the end of my story,” Blachowicz said. 

“My story’s not closed. I’m not a quitter. I’ll be back.”

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