UFC on FOX 6: Jackson vs. Teixeira Saturday, January 26 – 9:30 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-9) vs. Glover Teixeira (19-2) Light heavyweight bout
Line: Teixeira -280, Jackson +235
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will bring his historic MMA career to an end Saturday night as he goes up against heavily favored Glover Teixeira.
Jackson fell to Ryan Bader his last time out and for the first time in his MMA career lost two consecutive bouts. Prior to the Bader loss he fell via fourth round submission to Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship. Teixeira, on the other hand, is the up-and-comer, having won 17 consecutive bouts. Just two of those were UFC, though, and he won those both emphatically. Still, he enters this bout as a surprisingly heavy favorite given Jackson’s experience and the fact that he may lay it all out there in his final fight. Take JACKSON to go out in style with an upset of Teixeira.
Bettors don’t have much confidence in Jackson even though he was far from dominated in either of his two losses. The defeat to Bader was a decision, and anybody who can withstand Jon Jones for four rounds deserves credit for making it that far. Jackson is a punishing bruiser who has 14 career knockouts. He is an elite kickboxer and wrestler, meaning he is happy to try and take his opponents down or engage in a striking battle. At 6-foot-1, he cedes an inch to Teixeira but his strength is unmatched.
Of Teixeira’s 19 career wins, 12 have been knockouts. He is coming off a Round 2 TKO of Fabio Maldonado and prior to that earned a 1st-round submission against Kyle Kingsbury in his first UFC fight. Overall, if Teixeira wins, he doesn’t like to take it to the final bell, which he has done just twice in his career. He is also happy to engage in a striking battle, but he also brings a deft Jiu-Jitsu background to the table that could yield a potential submission. And even though he has been climbing up the MMA ranks since his jump to UFC, the Brazilian is no spring chicken at 33 years old, just one year younger than Jackson.