UFC 153 main card recap: Glover Teixeira demolishes Fabio Maldonado

The legend of Glover Teixeira has been growing for months.

He lived up to the hype tonight, battering Fabio Maldonado with bruising and devastating punches on the feet and a steady dose of ground-and-pound on the mat, prompting a doctor’s stoppage after the end of round 2.

Teixeira started quickly, dropping Maldonado with a big left hand, then went to work with a barrage of right hands and elbows from the top. Teixeira went to his signature arm triangle choke after Maldonado extended his arm to lessen the ground-and-pound attack. The choke looked tight, but a resilient Maldonado somehow survived. After a restart, Teixeira again landed huge shots, wobbling Maldonado. Maldonado leaned on the cage to survive, but managed to uncork a left hook that stunned Teixeira as time wore down on the opening frame.

Teixeira came out in the second with a quick takedown and went right back to work, battering Maldonado with elbows and strikes from the top. Maldonado amazingly hung tough as Teixeira continued to pour on the punishment. After a restart, Teixeira again landed with looping left hooks and straight right hands. Maldonado survived to hear the bell, but the fight would not go to a third round.

After a close examination by the doctors, the fight was waved off, giving Glover Teixeira (2-0 UFC) yet another finish as he moves to 19-2 overall.

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