Glover Teixeira had to wait several years to finally make his UFC debut. Now that he is in the biggest MMA promotion in the world, Teixeira doesn’t plan on backing down from anybody.
Teixeira will face former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 153 in Brazil later this year. The bout is likely to be the last for Jackson inside the Octagon, as he has expressed his desire to leave the promotion.
Earlier this year, Teixeira finally made his debut in the UFC, dominating Kyle Kingsbury. He has won each of his last 16 fights, including victories over such notables as Ricco Rodriguez, Marvin Eastman and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
“I’m going out with him in the standup,” said Teixeira, during a recent interview with Sherdog.com. “I have to be smart and not stand still, move, fight the right fight. But, I’ll work on the strategy with my coaches.”
Teixeira didn’t want to talk about the rumors of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua not accepting the fight, saying,”I don’t think it’s something from ‘Shogun.’ (He) has fought the best and wouldn’t have any reason to deny a fight with me. Leave that alone.”
UFC 153 takes place October 13 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Teixeira-Jackson fight is the only one announced for the card to date, though UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been rumored for the night.