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Rampage Jackson tried to make a good show of it in what he claimed was his final UFC fight, but in the end he just didn't have enough to get past the rising contender Glover Teixeira, dropping a unanimous decision.
After the fight, the victor said, “That was a tough fight. He hits very hard, but I managed to never (allow him) to hit me flush. I took him down a couple of times, kicked and punched, mixed it up to keep him working. He still hit hard at the end, and I wanted to stop him.
Jon Jones just came by and said, ‘Great fight, you and me will have a great fight,’ but I’m not (boastful) and won’t call him out. Rampage has been a top-10 guy for maybe nine years, and it was a big win for me. After all those years I couldn’t fight the big names because of my visa issues, it is great to fight the biggest names in the sport. I want to be UFC champion, but there are other guys there who are at the same level as me. I want to fight them and prove I deserve a title shot.”
Jackson offered the following, “I really wanted to win that fight. I kinda wish I fought smart and didn’t get hit so much, but I always said I would rather lose a good fight than win a boring-ass one, and the fans are telling me that was an exciting fight. So I guess I’m sad but not so sad.
"I fought like Rampage tonight. I tried to knock him out with every punch. Wasn’t so smart, but if it was fun for the fans, I will take that and be OK with that. He came to fight and I respect that dude. I can’t believe he took me down so easy, he’s very talented. He hits hard, too. I got nothing bad to say about that guy.
“To my fans, we know we won the UFC and Pride titles—first time ever that happened. I’m happy to end on an exciting fight for them. I came into the UFC exciting and I left exciting.”