Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton
“Rampage” Jackson will take on heavy-handed up-and-comer
Teixeira this fall at UFC 153 in
what will likely be Jackson’s final Octagon appearance.
The 205-pound matchup is set to take place Oct. 13 at HSBC Arena in
Rio de Janeiro, UFC officials Monday confirmed to Brazilian outlet
SporTV.com. According to the report, the bout could serve as
co-main event on the card, which is currently without a
Jackson, 34, has publicly stated that he plans to exit the UFC
after fulfilling the final remaining fight on his current contract.
The Memphis native has lost back-to-back outings, having been
stopped by Jon Jones in a
failed September title bid and outpointed by Ryan Bader in
his February return. Although UFC President Dana White declared in
March that Jackson would face former rival Mauricio Rua
in his final UFC bout, that fight was scrapped when Jackson
underwent knee surgery later that month.
Currently riding one of the most impressive winning streaks in MMA,
32-year-old Teixeira made his long-awaited UFC debut in May,
Kingsbury in less than two minutes at UFC 146. The win was
Teixeira’s 16th in a row, a streak which stretches back to 2006 and
includes victories against Ricco
Eastman and Rameau
Thierry Sokoudjou. In 20 career starts, the Marco Ruas
pupil has gone the distance only three times.
UFC 153 marks the UFC’s third visit to HSBC Arena, following August
134 “Silva vs. Okami” and January’s UFC
142 “Aldo vs. Mendes.”