Glover Teixeira's destruction of Fabio Maldonado's face and brain cells at UFC 153 has cleared the way to a potential fight with MMA legend Quinton "Rampage" Jackson—and that's just the way Jackson wants it, according to his Twitter account.
Dr. C was right.... get ready 4 the old Rampage,my next opponent is getting hurt. And I really hope it that big mouth Glover— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) September 20, 2012
Jackson was originally scheduled to fight Teixeira—a fighter that few men in the light heavyweight division want to tangle with due to his tremendous abilities but comparatively minuscule name value—but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
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However, if Rampage's tweet holds true, than the Pride legend has renewed focus and may give Teixeira the kind of fight we haven't seen him in yet (at least in the UFC)—a brawl in which he's going to be tested in every facet possible.
Teixeira has no issues with it. In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, he said the following:
I’d like to fight Quinton Jackson, I never talked (expletive) about him, I don’t talk about him, he was my idol, I loved that guy coming up in Pride. But he says I was talking bad about him, I’m not talking bad about him, I’m not afraid of no man...Step in the ring with me, I’ll fight anyone.
The ball is now in Joe Silva's court—and he has the potential to book a sellable, entertaining fight the denouement of which will be either the creation of a new star or the rebirth of an old one.
"Rampage" has again lobbied for this fight via his twitter account, this time reaching out to UFC president Dana White himself, saying:
Dana White has responded to Jackson's tweet with laconic endorsement:
@rampage4real sounds good bro— Dana White (@danawhite) October 14, 2012