Glover Teixeira knocks Rashad Evans out, calls out ‘Rumble’ Johnson

Glover Teixeira scored one of the biggest wins of his career and moved within a breath of earning another world title shot with a first-round KO over former champion Rashad "Suga" Evans on Saturday in Tampa.

Teixeira was the more compact and cleaner-scoring puncher from the get-go, and it didn’t take the Brazilian long to back Evans against the cage and hurt him with inside punches to the face.

Suga kept moving and swinging, however, until he was cornered once again and absorbed a counter left hook flush to the chin that knocked Evans to the mat.

Hitting the mat woke Evans’ body up, and he momentarily sprung back up before Teixeira connected with a follow-up right punch that put Evans out once more.

The Brazilian connected a few more ground strikes before referee Herb Dean swooped in to stop the fight. Afterward, Teixeira checked in on Evans and quietly celebrated.

The end came at 1:48 in the first round. Teixeira didn’t hesitate to accept two extra rounds on short notice when this fight was elevated to main event status days earlier, but he never had any intention of going the distance.

"I go to finish," he said. "I’m always fighting to finish."

With Saturday’s victory, Teixeira’s record improves to 25-4, with 23 of those wins coming by way of finish. Evans’ loss is his second straight since returning from a multi-year layoff due to injuries, and his otherwise excellent record dips to 19-5-1.

After this third straight win, Teixeira clearly believes he’s ready for another title shot after losing a decision to then-champion Jon Jones in 2014. 

"I fit in right at the top," he declared.

The slugger is perfectly willing to fight another power-puncher, first, however.

"’Rumble’ Johnson is waiting around for Jones and Cormier. Let’s dance, baby. Let’s make some money."