A career fight awaits 42-year-old Brazilian Glover Teixeira at the UFC 267 event to be held this weekend. The match against champion Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title could also be the last in the career of the great Brazilian fighter.
Glover had a chance to make history back in 2014, but Jon Jones was better that day. Now, at the end of his career, Teixeira is given the opportunity for an ideal end to his career. Ahead of the upcoming fight, Glover opened his soul in a conversation for the Trocação Franca podcast.
By the way, this is a podcast in Portuguese, under the auspices of the MMA Fighting portal. During his visit, Teixeira told his life story, which is truly difficult, but inspiring. The Brazilian was one of many children in Brazil who dreamed of going to the United States, looking for an opportunity for a better life.
Sobralia (a municipality in Brazil) is the place where Teixeira comes from, and it is a municipality known for the massive emigration of young people to America. One of them was still the best light heavyweight in the world today.
'' We had no internet connection then, we had nothing and we could only imagine what America looked like. It was every child's dream. No one from Sobralia (a municipality in Brazil) even tried to get a visa."
"We had guides who guided us through Mexico. Most people come back after three or four years and buy a house or a car when they come back, '' Glover began with his story, then described crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.
'' It's tense. It took me 43 days to get there. Everyone knows how dangerous it is to cross the border into Mexico. People die, are detained, and tortured. My mother was very worried, but she hoped that her son would go after his dream, for a better life.
" The UFC fighter boarded a bus to his destination back in Rio de Janeiro, with a group of 12 people. They got passports and then traveled through Colombia, Guatemala, and other states that Glover doesn’t remember particularly well.
'' I had a lot of fun (in those states). I was 19 years old. I didn't care. I was drunk and devastated by alcohol every night. However, we went through some terrible places." "We were on an island in Guatemala with the locals.
They were good people, but you could see there were no police there, nothing. They treated us well, but the guides obviously bribed everyone. " They had no right to make a mistake when it came to moving from Mexico to the United States.
They had to wait for the right opportunity, because if they were caught, everything fell into the water, and the consequences could be more severe than just returning home. "I stayed in Tijuana for eight days, waiting for the fog, so that helicopters and people who were catching migrants would not see us.
We had to wait for the big fog to cross the desert. ''
In the end, crossing the border passed quickly and without stress, and they entered the United States four to five hours after leaving Tijuana. His mother was constantly nervous and slept very badly during his attempt to enter America.
However, the family was not even aware of how the most terrible moment had befallen him in San Diego, USA. '' We had to stay at the house in San Diego for the next 12 days, waiting for the guides to pay the 'coyotes' (the people who took us across the border).
They did not allow us to leave the room before they were paid. We ate once a day, a piece of bread with seeds. I lost 26 'pounds' (11.79 kg) '' Teixeira claims that the "coyotes" offered them free border crossing if they brought a backpack and delivered it to a person in San Diego.
"I'm not planning to carry anything, are you normal?" Glover told them, then explained. '' I don't know what they're asking for to be delivered. I think it was drugs or weapons. I don’t know, I wasn’t even allowed to look, I just said I refused.
It was not a deal. We arranged for me to go to America for work, I never talked about any transfer of goods. " Eventually, these people were paid and Teixeira became free. He immediately flew to Boston and then to Connecticut, where he still lives today (in Danbury).