If all had gone according to plan this past weekend’s UFC 153 lineup would have featured Glover Teixeira taking on former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson rather than Fabio Maldonado. Though a gamer, Maldonado was clearly outmatched from the beginning and survived to the end of the second round based on heart more than because of technique.
After his win, Teixeira used his post-fight interview as an opportunity to call Jackson out as respectfully as possible, telling “Rampage” know he still wanted to fight him to test his skill against a legitimate legend in the sport. Jackson caught wind of Teixeira’s remarks and has since responded, letting the world know he is also interested in the two tussling down the road.
“Set up that fight with Glover please. Let’s give him what he wants,” wrote Jackson on Twitter in a message aimed at UFC President Dana White. “Fans, I won’t let you down.”
Over the past few months Jackson has expressed his frustration with having been paired against wrestlers like Rashad Evans, Matt Hamill, and Ryan Bader. Rather, the popular 34-year old has stated he’d prefer to fight opponents who like to go toe-to-toe and entertain fans. With Teixeira owning seventeen stoppages in nineteen total wins, it sounds like “Rampage” may get exactly what he wants given both men’s interest in the affair.
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