After making his long-awaited Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut this past May at UFC 146, Glover Teixeira put the promotion's light heavyweight contenders on notice with his impressive first round submission (arm-triangle choke) victory over Kyle Kingsbury.
The win extended his streak to 16 in a row, dating all the way back to 2006.
After impressing not only mixed martial arts (MMA) fans around the world, who may not have ever seen him fight before, but the UFC matchmakers as well, his level of competition for his next Octagon outing will make a significant jump in the form of former 205-pound champion Quinton Jackson.
When a proposed bout with Mauricio Rua fell through after the "Shogun" camp felt that Teixiera's name value wasn't exactly the highest, ‘Rampage' was pitted as the Brazilian's opponent at UFC 153 on Oct 13, 2012 which will see Jackson go into hostile territory to try and end the jiu-jitsu black belt's hot streak in Rio de Janeiro.
While currently helping fellow Black House member, Lyoto Machida, prepare for his bout against Ryan Bader this weekend (Aug, 4, 2012) in Los Angeles, California at UFC on Fox 4, Glover spoke about what it will mean to him to fight an "idol" of MMA in Rio (via Black House MMA 1360 films) and gave his predictions in "The Dragon" vs. "Darth' bout in California:
"Fighting Rampage in Rio is going to be very exciting for me because it's Rio de Janeiro. I have been there many times in my fights and it's very exciting. I went to the (first) UFC in Rio 1 and it was great. I love the crowd and it is going to be exciting this time for me. I come to California to help Lyoto for his fight and also to help myself. But it is mostly Lyoto's training right now and he is getting ready for Ryan man. This is the last week. I will come back and I think I am going to do my camp in California. I think Lyoto and Ryan Bader's fight is going to be a good fight and great for Lyoto. I am betting a third round knockout for Lyoto Machida. I am going to do my camp in California. It is going to be half and half time in between here (Blackhouse MMA) and San Luis, Obispo with John Hackelman and I am bringing some guys from Brazil to help me out. Fighting him (Jackson) is great because he is a, you know, and idol of this sport. I am training hard man, I am going to knock him out."
In a way, you can say that is music to Jackson's ears, seeing as how Quinton has been pleading UFC matchmakers to pair him up with someone who will stand and trade on the feet.
Apparently, Teixiera is willing to oblige.
The bout will likely be the last fight for "Rampage" under the ZUFFA umbrella as it is widely believed that he and the promotion he has called home for the past five years will split ways once the dust settles. He will have his hands full as Glover has proven that despite having only one bout inside the Octagon, his wealth of experience is more than enough to pose problems for even the most seasoned of veterans.
What say you, can Teixeira keep his streak going against one of the most powerful punchers in the sport’s history? Or will Jackson end his UFC career on a high note with a win over the Brazilian bomber?