"My dream is to get the belt, but I believe Jon Jones will win," Teixeira said after Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 28 event. "That's the way I see it, and I definitely prefer to fight him, in a certain manner because Jon Jones has a better name. He's been a champ for a long time, so whoever goes to face him has to be very focused, very well-trained."
Teixeira earned the title shot by dusting Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil. Even though Teixeira won via first-round knockout, he wasn't completely satisfied with his performance.
"I was thinking a lot about the knockout, and I was waiting for that," Teixeira said. "I was waiting for him to punch me so I could counter him, but I was very close to him. That's where he got me. I remembered we always have to move, and we always have to be first. I have to do my strategy, which is always to move the head around and to go forward and to make those punches connect. I didn't move around, and that's where the problems started.
"I was a bit upset because despite Ryan Bader being a huge athlete and a great fighter, we always want to be the guy who goes in and dominates. I think the secret of the fight is for us to hit and not get hit, to punch and not get punched."
Teixeira has one plan in mind, and that is to unseat Jones as UFC light heavyweight champ.
"The knockout power, I believe I have it, and if I hit him, he's going to go down," Teixeira said of Jones.
Jones fights Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 165, so the fight between the winner of that tilt against Teixeira will likely happen in early-2014.