Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10-0) vs. Glover Teixeira (19-2-0)
This is likely the last match under the UFC banner for former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who believes he may be moving on to greener pastures. He has a tough test facing the longtime veteran but first-time prospect Glover Teixeira. If Rampage wants to earn a big paycheck in another promotion, he needs to win this fight after losing his last two bouts.
This fight is more than likely to take place on the feet. While Teixeira has five submission wins, most of those have come after he has battered his opponent on the feet, and one of them actually was a submission due to punches. While Rampage has not knocked out anyone in four years, there was a time when he was one of the most dangerous fighters standing. He has beaten fighters with knees, punches, and even a highlight-reel slam. The taller Teixeira is going to have to keep Rampage out of range, because Rampage likes to look for those big power punches that can turn a fighter’s light off. Teixeira has that type of power, but he likes to use combinations to pour on the punches.
On the ground, Teixeira most likely has the advantage due to his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, but Rampage is notoriously hard to submit, with only two men accomplishing that in over 40 fights. What may be an interesting factor in this fight is Rampage’s wrestling, because while it is not the best in the world, it will most likely be the best that Teixeira has ever faced.
The Bottom Line:
Rampage would have a good chance of winning this bout if he tried to take Teixeira down, but he won’t. He will lose out to a fighter who is hungrier and still wants to work his way up the light-heavyweight ladder. Teixeira by second round TKO.