UFC on Fox 6 fight card primer: Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow presents their UFC on Fox 6 fight card primer, previewing all the action at UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson. Here, we look at Quinton Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira.

The co-main event at UFC on Fox 6 is a Light Heavyweight battle as Quinton Jackson (32-10 MMA; 7-4 UFC) faces Glover Teixeira (19-2 MMA; 2-0 UFC). This is the third of four main card fights. UFC on Fox 6 airs live from Chicago this Saturday night, January 26, with the main card beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

This is your classic young lion vs. old guard fight. Teixeira is your rising star, looking to make his name against Rampage, while Rampage tries to stay afloat in the division. But for this fight there's an extra layer of intrigue thank to Rampage. This is the last fight on his UFC contract and, according to Jackson, this will be his last ever UFC fight. Whether that comes to pass or not remains to be seen, but it does add something extra to an already fascinating fight.

How do these two stack up?

Rampage: 34 years old | 6'1" | 73" reach
Teixeira: 33 years old | 6'2" | 76" reach

What have these two done recently?

Rampage: L - Ryan Bader (UD) | L - Jon Jones (Sub) | W - Matt Hamill (UD)
Teixeira: W - Fabio Maldonado (TKO) | W - Kyle Kingsbury (Sub) | W - Ricco Rodriguez (Sub)

How did these two get here?

Quinton Rampage Jackson is undeniably a legend of the sport, with a decorated career in Pride, a UFC Light Heavyweight title run, and some of the best fights in the history of the sport. But in recent years he's been increasingly grumpy with MMA, retiring briefly in 2009 to pursue an acting career (thanks to The A-Team) and turning in more lackluster performances inside the cage. That all came to a head with a terrible showing against Ryan Bader in a fight where Rampage was injured and upset at the UFC for making him fight. For this fight, his camp swears the "old Rampage" is back. We'll see.

More on UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson

Glover Teixeira was already on the radar for hardcore fans as a prospect to watch before his 2012 UFC debut. Now, he's quickly becoming one of the division's best, with a pair of crushing wins in his UFC fights, including a horribly brutal beatdown of Fabio Maldonado. That Maldonado fight was originally supposed to be Teixeira vs. Rampage, but a Rampage injury delayed the fight until now. Teixeira's two losses came in his first four MMA fights - he's now on an incredible 17 fight, 7 year undefeated streak. A win here makes him an immediate contender.

Why should you care?

I've said it before, but young lion vs. old guard is always great. Either Teixeira smashes his way to contender status, or Rampage turns in a classic Rampage performance. Either one is a fun time, and I want to know which it will be.


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