Fight fans rejoice - an epic battle is at hand.
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson wants to fight Glover Teixeira, while Glover Teixeira wants to fight Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. The stage is set for a fight that will pit two of the sport’s hardest-hitting light-heavyweights against each other.
There are some minor technicalities to be worked out - bout agreements and such - but with both fighters publicly calling each other out there seems to be little need for coercion from UFC executives Dana White (promoter) and Joe Silva (matchmaker).
Teixeira called Jackson out after stopping Fabio Maldonado on the main card of UFC 153 last night. He and Jackson had actually been due to fight on the card but Jackson sustained an elbow injury in training and pulled out, prompting Maldonado to step in (and give one of the gutsiest performances of the decade in the process).
“Yo @danawhite set up that fight with Glover please! Lets give him what he wants.. fans I won't let u down #fightofthenight,” Jackson tweeted shortly after Teixeira’s televised call-out had been beamed around the world. Teixeira repeated his request in the post-fight press conference and in subsequent interviews for media present at the event.