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Though Glover Teixeira dominated Fabio Maldonado yesterday on the main card of UFC 153, he wasn't originally scheduled to have that fight. He was scheduled to take on former champion, Rampage Jackson, who succumbed to injury close to the time of the fight. Now, Rampage has asked to have their fight re-booked, even with Glover's fearsome performance Saturday.
On the heels of his dominant win at UFC 153: "Silva vs. Bonnar" in Brazil this past weekend, Glover Teixeira seems to hang in a strange place in the light heavyweight division. After his initially scheduled bout with Quinton Jackson fell through, he took on a heavy underdog in Fabio Maldonado, and he proved that he deserved his spot as the favorite.
See how it all went down right here.
After "Rampage" had to pull out of their scheduled bout, it became known that a few top light heavyweights turned down the fight with Teixeira. After his fearsome win over Maldonado, it seemed like it would take quite a brave man to step up to the plate.
Yet that's exactly what Jackson has done, disproving the conspiracy theorists who claimed he faked an injury to duck Teixeira.
Here's his tweet to Dana White:
Which was quickly answered with:
@rampage4real sounds good bro— Dana White (@danawhite) October 14, 2012
While "sounds good bro" may be far from official, Dana isn't one to publicly agree to something he won't try to put together. Even though Rampage is coming off of a loss and Teixeira is on a seventeen fight tear, the match up still makes sense, just based on giving Glover a big name opponent.
And the Brazilian has already said he's game.
Scheduling has yet to be confirmed, and will likely be made when the bout becomes official. Though Glover didn't take much damage at all against Maldonado, post-fight recovery may shake up their ability to schedule this bout right away. It's certainly a bout many would like to see, and I hope we see it as soon as possible.
More results and fallout from UFC 153 right here.