In the UFC on Fox 6 co-main event, Glover Teixeira and Rampage Jackson battled it out in a solid light heavyweight scrap that surprisingly made it to the final bell.
The match was billed as Rampage's last hurrah with the UFC, and if it truly was, the former champ will go out on the heels of a very disappointing and underwhelming performance.
What we'll remember about this fight
Rampage Jackson ends his career not with a bang but with a whimper.
Glover Teixeira continues his rise toward the light heavyweight title.
What we learned about Glover Teixeira
Though a win over Rampage doesn't mean what it used to, this was still Teixeira's most meaningful victory to date. And given that the fight wasn't all that close, Teixeira's performance suggests that his career still has some upward trajectory to be seen.
The Brazilian looked especially impressive because he showcased a complete game. He mixed his striking with takedowns and looked for submissions when the opportunities arose.
Teixeira looks like he's putting it all together now, and I think that his light heavyweight colleagues are beginning to learn that they probably want no part of sharing the Octagon with him.
What we learned about Rampage Jackson
Rock legend Neil Young would tell you that it's better to burn out than to fade away. Rampage, however, was apparently not listening.
Once a giant of the sport, the former UFC champion will now coast into retirement with essentially no fanfare.
What's next for Teixeira
Much of the UFC light heavyweight division's best will be tied up for the next several months, so it may fall to either Mauricio "Shogun" Rua or Ryan Bader to fight Teixeira next.
What's next for Rampage
Probably not a whole lot, but who knows? He could come back.
Stranger things have happened.