Glover Teixeira Happy to Face Rampage Jackson Next If He’s In Shape and Motivated


When UFC 153 was originally scheduled, Glover Teixeira was in the co-main event against former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

A training injury forced Jackson out of the fight, and Teixeira dropped down one slot on the card and eventually faced Fabio Maldonado instead. Teixeira won the fight by doctor’s stoppage after the 2nd round.

Now with two victories in the UFC, Teixeira is gunning for a top opponent and he’s more than happy to face Rampage next, but only if the former champion is actually ready and wants to fight.

“I don’t care. Like I said, I want to fight who wants to fight, I want to fight Rampage if he comes in, in top shape. I don’t want to fight him if he’s not motivated to fight,” Teixeira told Fuel TV following his win in Rio.

In his fight on Saturday, Teixeira faced a very tough Fabio Maldonado, who despite his non-top ten ranking came out and showed great will and determination, even after being battered on the ground for the better part of five minutes in the first round.

Those are the kinds of fights Teixeira wants in the UFC, and if Jackson is a little too comfortable in life right now, the Brazilian upstart has no desire to face him.

“I want to fight guys like this guy (Fabio Maldonado) that wants to make a career in the UFC. Quinton’s got too much money already,” said Teixeira.

Somehow in the build up to their scheduled fight at UFC 153, Teixeira started hearing more and more from Jackson about how he was being disrespectful towards the former champion. Teixeira says he never spoke badly about Rampage, but he’s not going to back down from a challenge no matter who is standing in front of him.

“He’s talking all the time like I disrespect him, I’ve never disrespected Quinton Jackson, that guy was my idol, he was incredible, and then he says I disrespect him? I don’t disrespect him at all, but I’m not afraid of no man either,” said Teixeira.

For his part, Jackson’s injury was bad enough to keep him out of UFC 153, but since that time he has lobbied for a late December bout in the Octagon. When he’s ready to return will Glover Teixeira’s name be the one on the bout agreement?

For more news and rumors make sure to follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 18 views

Nonetheless, Bellator MMA's president expects the popular light heavyweight veteran to continue fighting inside his cage. Quinton Jackson recently recently tweeted that sometimes it's best to "stay w read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

Despite being under contract with the UFC, reports have Rampage Jackson signing a new deal with the UFC. Bellator may have something to say about tonight's big news, but for now all we can say is tha read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 views

He's back. The mercurial Quinton Jackson has signed again with the UFC and announced the news Saturday night at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway in an interview on the FOX Sports 1 broadcast. "R read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 4 views

The UFC made the formal announcement that Rampage Jackson is back in the promotion, but Bellator is planning to take the fight over Jackson's contract to court. As talked about earlier today, the UFC read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 6 views

Quinton Jackson's return to UFC was just announced during the UFC Fight Night 58 broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Bellator president Scott Coker responded on Twitter that the former UFC light heavyweight i read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 6 views

Watch Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson talk about returning to the UFC, saying Bellator doesn't honor their contracts so he terminated it. Today it was announced that former UFC champion Quinton Jackson has read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 8 views

Quinton Jackson is no longer under contract with Bellator MMA -- at least as far as "Rampage" is concerned. Jackson said Saturday night on FOX Sports Live that Bellator did not honor his deal and, af read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 129 views

Following the announcement that Quinton Rampage Jackson had resigned with the UFC, Dana White and Scott Coker both took to twitter to offer their thoughts on the former champion’s decision. While the read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 4 views

On Nov. 17, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson posted a tweet that started the ball in motion for him to exit Bellator MMA and rejoin the UFC roster. read news >>

Jump to: