All light heavyweight Quinton Jackson wanted in his final UFC fight was an opponent who preferred to engage him while standing rather than rely on takedowns and top control. And, when Glover Teixeira was pegged for Jackson’s opponent at UFC on FOX 6, it appeared “Rampage” had gotten his wish in the form of the ferocious Brazilian.
However, a few days out from the fight Jackson is now expressing some disappointment in Teixeira as an adversary. Though the 19-2 Teixeira has won twelve of his tilts with by way of strike-based stoppage, Jackson says he has it on good authority that the 33-year old actually intends to attack with his underrated ground-arsenal.
“I could get excited about this type of fight, but it has been brought to my attention from my manager and stuff that…Glover is really doing a lot of work planning on taking me down and holding me against the cage and stuff like that. He’s planning on pretending like he’s going to stand up to just take me down. Which is okay. I’m not surprised,” said Jackson in a recent conversation with UFC Tonight.
“I don’t know what’s going through his head,” the former champion continued. “I just think that he’s a great ground fighter, so if he really wants to win this fight, why then trade with me in my strong point? Why not get me at my weakest point, which is on the ground? That’s probably what he’s thinking, but he’s got a new thing coming because I’ve trained to take this fight anywhere. Anywhere it goes. If he takes me down I’m getting right back up. I really feel like he’s going to have a hard time taking me down.”
Jackson-Teixeira is set to serve as the co-headlining clash at Saturday night’s show. Jackson is expected to test free agency after the fight, expressing annoyance in the past with a perceived lack of respect from his current employers.
The full interview with Jackson can be seen below:
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