This October, former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson will likely enter the Octagon for the final time in his career before signing with a new promotion he feels more respected in. However, rather than prepare for the bout in the comfort of his regular gym, “Rampage” has decided to pack his gear up and head down to Brazil where he’ll also ultimately be facing Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.
In an interview with TATAME, Jackson took a “why not” approach to the matter when asked about his decision to train in Brazil, pointing to his BJJ coach having a gym in the South American hub.
On the topic of Teixeira, Jackson appeared to be especially motivated for the match-up based not only on it being his swansong in the UFC but also in relation to his adversary’s reputation for action rather than takedowns/stalling.
“I haven’t seen Glover’s fights but I heard he’s really tough. I heard he got good stand-up and good Jiu-Jitsu. I’m looking forward to fight my opponent and it’s a good fight,” explained Jackson. “Most the times he comes to fight and I’m hoping he stays that way. It looks like an exciting fight and I like fighting people who put on a great show.”
Jackson also revealed he’s already exploring his options outside of the UFC, adding, “This is my very last fight in UFC of my contract, so I’m start seeing what’s out there, what other company wants me to fight for it.”
UFC 153 is set for October 13 in Rio de Janeiro and will be headlined by a title-bout between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and surging striker Erik Koch.
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