UFC light heavyweight Glover Teixeira lived up to the massive amount of hype surrounding him once again by mashing Fabio Maldonado into a fine paste over the ten minutes the two tussled last night at UFC 153. Though the 32-year old ate a stiff shot in the closing moments of the opening round, Teixeira teed off on Maldonado throughout the bulk of the battle and ultimately drew a doctor’s stoppage based on the beatdown he issued.
During his in-ring interview after the win, Teixeira took the opportunity to issue a challenge to former champion Quinton Jackson who he was originally scheduled to face before “Rampage” went down with an injury and was forced to withdraw from the event. However, unlike most moments involving one competitor calling out another, Teixeira kept things extremely respectful and even labeled Jackson as one of his idols.
Earlier today, Jackson responded to Teixeira’s statements where he let the Brazilian know the interest in a bout between the two was mutual.
“Set up that fight with Glover please,” exclaimed Jackson in a Tweet directed at UFC President Dana White. “Let’s give him what he wants. Fans, I won’t let you down.”
Jackson has been very vocal about his desire to duke it out with an opponent who is open to standing up and entertaining fans rather than “hump” him on the ground to earn a decision win. In Teixeira he should receive just that, as the 19-2 finisher has won seventeen straight fights including sixteen stoppages during the streak.
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