DETROIT – David Teymur is not in a rush to get to his final goal, but his latest win has him looking to dip his feet in the UFC’s top-10 pool.
At Saturday’s UFC 218, Teymur (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) not only added a fourth straight win to his unblemished UFC record – he did it with a unanimous nod over a man who’d never been beaten before in fellow lightweight Drakkar Klose (8-1-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
Teymur is aware that “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” but he is gunning for 155-pound gold. And he’s got an idea where to start.
“I want to fight someone in the top-10,” Teymur said after the FS1-televised preliminary card bout, which took place at the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. “My goal is the belt.”
Asked to describe what his year in the octagon has been like, Teymur used the word “good.” But that might be an understatement. Before dominating Klose, Teymur stopped another hot prospect by beating Lando Vannata in a thrilling co-headliner that was also chosen UFC 209’s “Fight of the Night.”
Vannata also happened to be the Swedish fighter’s first decision in the UFC. The two octagon opponents that came before, Martin Svensson and Jason Novelli, were both knocked out.
“People love to watch my style,” Teymur said. “I can hear the audience. I give them high quality. I give what people want to see. I give them value for their tickets, so I will still do my thing.”
As for Teymur’s immediate plans? Miami Beach, of course.
“Work hard, play hard,” Teymur said with a smile.
To hear Teymur’s full chat with reporters, musical act included, check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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