Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira set as co-main event in Chicago
The co-main event for the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card in Chicago is now official as Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will face former title contender Glover Teixeira on July 23.
UFC officials confirmed the fight to FOX Sports on Thursday.
The Johnson-Teixeira matchup has been teased for several weeks after UFC president Dana White hinted that he liked the idea of that fight following the last FOX card in April.
Teixeira landed the fight after he dispatched Johnson’s teammate Rashad Evans with a vicious first round knockout last month.
The win over Evans put Teixeira on a three-fight win streak with each of those bouts ending with TKO or submission.
To get his fourth win in a row, Teixeira is going to have to go through one of the most fearsome light heavyweight fighters on the planet.
Johnson has been a force of nature since returning to the UFC in 2014, racking up a 5-1 record overall, with his only loss coming to current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Most recently, Johnson walked through Ryan Bader in less than a round, bludgeoning the former "Ultimate Fighter" winner with punches on the ground to win his second straight fight in the Octagon.
Now Johnson will look to secure a title shot against the winner of the UFC 200 main event between Cormier and Jon Jones when he faces Teixeira in July.
Johnson vs. Teixeira is the latest addition to the growing card taking place in Chicago. Stay tuned for more fights to be added in the coming weeks.