A long-awaited light heavyweight clash between an established veteran and a rising prospect looks to be penciled in for early next year.
Tuesday evening, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson tweeted:
“Outside the cage I hate no one. Life is too short for that. In side the cage my Job is to destroy! Glover is done on Jan 26 n Chicago..”
Rampage and Teixeira were set to face off at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but Teixeira ended up fighting Fabio Maldonado instead. Jackson withdrew from the bout weeks prior due to an elbow injury sustained during training.
Teixeira looked impressive in the bout, earning a doctor’s stoppage TKO at the end of the second round, thoroughly battering Maldonado for 10 minutes. The victory marked the Brazilians second straight in the Octagon and an incredible 17 in a row overall.
On the other hand, the former PRIDE star seems to be on the downswing of his career, losing consecutive bouts to light heavyweight title holder Jon Jones and former “Ultimate Fighter” Ryan Bader.
As a matter of fact, Jackson is just 2-3 in his past five fights and the bout with Teixeira serves as the last one on his current UFC contract.
Both Teixeira and Jackson have shown a propensity to stand and bang with their opponents, though Glover, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, would seem to have at least a minor advantage on the ground.
UFC on FOX 6 is also likely to feature a lightweight showdown between two top contenders in Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone, so the first major card of 2013 is shaping up to be a good one.