You can’t question Glover Teixeira’s toughness.
Teixeira’s coach John Hackleman told MMA Fighting that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones injured Teixeira’s shoulder when he delivered a shoulder crank in the first round. An MRI on Friday in Connecticut revealed the tear, which will require surgery. Teixeira would lose the UFC 172 title fight via unanimous decision.
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“When I found out after the fight about the injury, it broke my heart,” Hackleman said. “Had I known, I probably would have stopped it even though everyone would have hated my guts. So he just fought on with a torn labrum, swinging … It’s unbelievable to think of going five rounds with Jones like that. And we’re not taking anything away from Jones because he caused the injury. Both the eye and the shoulder. So kudos to Jones for doing that. They are both legal moves. He didn’t try to hurt Glover intentionally, he did what he had to do to win.”