One of these two light heavyweight fighters has been competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) for over 10 years, with 11 combined knockout and technical knockout stoppages to complement his experience fighting in Japan.
The other is Quinton Jackson.
Stepping up to the plate to swing leather against "Rampage" is fellow 205-pound veteran Glover Teixeira, who will try to send the Memphis native back to "River City" with his tail between his legs at the upcoming UFC 153 pay-per-view (PPV) event, currently scheduled for Oct. 13, 2012 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Teixeira (18-2) made his Octagon debut at UFC 146: "Dos Santos vs. Mir" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, showing stateside fans what all the hype was about by choking out the venerable Kyle Kingsbury en route to a first round submission stoppage.
The "W" over "Kingsbu" marked 16 straight wins for the Brazilian, who now has 16 finishes over the course of his illustrious career. A victory over Jackson would no doubt springboard him to bigger and better opportunities within the division.
But don't expect "Rampage" to make it easy for him.
Jackson (32-10) was originally prepped for a PRIDE rematch against Mauricio Rua, but opted out of the "Shogun" fight to have knee surgery in hopes of correcting nagging injuries that have plagued him in recent years. He's also coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, having been finished by Jon Jones at UFC 135 before Ryan Bader outpointed him at UFC 144.
Anyone think he goes out with a bang?
UFC 153 will feature a 145-pound showdown between UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs Erik Koch in the main event of the evening, while 185-pound division contenders Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher slug it out for a potential shot at the middleweight title.