Glover Teixeira was supposed to fight Quinton Jackson at UFC 153 last night (Oct. 13, 2012), but instead battered Fabio Maldonado because 'Rampage' had to withdraw because of an injury. Teixeira is still willing to rumble with Jackson, but not if the former money-minded champion isn't into it.
"I want to fight whoever wants to fight. I want to fight 'Rampage' if he comes in top shape. I don't want to fight him if he's not motivated to fight. I want to fight guys like [Fabio Maldonado], guys who want to fight and make careers in the UFC. Quinton's got too much money already! He's been talking all this time that I disrespected him -- I never disrespected Quinton Jackson. That's my idol. That guy was incredible. And now he tells me that I disrespected him? I didn't disrespect him at all, but I'm not afraid of any man, either, you know?"
-- Most established mixed martial arts (MMA) veterans aren't too eager to step inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon with Glover Teixeira, a very talented and dangerous newcomer who is high-risk, low-reward. In fact, Mauricio Rua, Rashad Evans and Stephan Bonnar are among the notables who have just said, "No" to a fight with the Brazilian. Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Quinton Jackson, is among the few to accept, however, he had to withdraw from the bout with Teixeira because of an injury about one month prior to UFC 153. It would have marked Jackson's final fight in a tumultuous relationship with the promotion. And there were many who believed that Jackson just took the fight -- any fight -- to close out his deal so he could move onto bigger and better things. Now that Teixeira has violently dispatched of Fabio Maldonado, the man who replaced Jackson on short notice, "The Pit" member is looking to pick a new fight. He's still willing to fight Jackson, but not if he's checked out and is just looking to close his UFC career as quickly as possible. He wants a motivated, in-shape Jackson, one who will show up to fight and not just to collect a paycheck. Does that dude still exist?