Live and learn.
Glover Teixeira will be ready to fight Quinton Jackson at UFC on FOX 6 later this month (Jan. 26, 2013), which takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. But, just in case "Rampage" sustains (another) injury training for the Light Heavyweight bout, the Brazilian assures mixed martial arts (MMA) fans that he'll ready to fight his late replacement, too.
And it wouldn't matter to him who Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers plug-in because Teixeira intends to show up in the "Windy City" prepared for "everything" and "anybody."
"If they change the opponent for somebody -- some wrestler or something -- I have to be ready," he said in the video interview with MMA Interviews above. "I have to be ready for everything. That's being professional in this sport -- be ready for everything because injuries happen."
Injuries in MMA do indeed happen and seemingly do so more frequently, with an unprecedented amount of UFC and Strikeforce fighters sustaining boo-boos in training in 2012 that impacted their respective fight cards (see the list here). The historic cancelation of UFC 151 underscored the epidemic, going down in infamy as the first -- and hopefully only -- UFC pay-per-view (PPV) event to be called off completely.
And it was primarily because of injuries, as well as a fighter who wasn't comfortable with an eleventh-hour opponent switch (and a few other factors).
Teixeira is no stranger to the injury bug nor the possibility of Jackson standing him up on fight night. The heavy hitters were supposed to tangle at UFC 153 back in Oct. 2012; however, with about four weeks until showtime, "Rampage" had to withdraw because he suffered an undisclosed injury that prevented him from fighting (but not dancing).
Fabio Maldonado stepped up on short notice and Teixeira accepted the switch without batting a lash. And the way in which he
nearly killed utterly destroyed Maldonado with little time to prepare -- even if he somehow thought it was stopped too early -- demonstrates his willingness to take on all comers.
"This is crazy ... you see the way we train over here today," he said. "It's good to have the right partners, but sometimes you get hurt because you are training so hard. And the thing is, if me or him get hurt, we have to be ready to fight anybody out there. Anybody."