Glover Teixeira is officially a top-tier light heavyweight.
After dismantling mixed martial arts legend Quinton "Rampage" Jackson over the course of three rounds at UFC on Fox 6 Saturday night in the United Center in Chicago, there is no doubt that Texeira is ready for the best guys at 205.
He is not, however, ready for champion Jonny "Bones" Jones—get real.
While Teixeira showed impressive technical boxing and an ability to smoothly transition from striking to grappling, he showed absolutely nothing to make one think he can handle the skill set "Bones" brings to the table.
First off, "Rampage" looked horrendous.
Despite the fact that Jackson sported some serious abs leading into this bout, he gassed early, just as he has in his previous five or six fights under the UFC banner.
Abs do not equal conditioning, folks. How a fighter looks the day before or the day of weigh-ins is not indicative of how well he will perform on fight day.
Know that, and never commit the fatal mistake of judging a fighter by his abs again.
Rant aside, the fact remains that Texeira faced a sluggish and tired "Rampage" and still could not find the finish.
Teixeira did nab some nice takedowns, though, right?
On paper, yes, he registered takedowns, but the reality is that "Rampage" showed off the worst takedown defense this side of Wagner Prado inside the Octagon Saturday night.
I reiterate: "Rampage" is no longer a measuring stick for a fighter's title worthiness.
Teixeira did not show that "it" factor that a fighter would need to defeat Jones. There was nothing particularly noteworthy about this performance, and that will hinder him moving forward.
When one looks at Jones, he or she sees an aura of invincibility. Jones is the most impressive champion in light heavyweight history, and it will take somebody special to dethrone his status as king.
This legitimate challenger to Jones would have obliterated the "Rampage" that stepped into the Octagon at UFC on Fox 6.
As it stands, Teixeira merely emerged with a decisive victory.
It was good, but without a finish and without any truly sensational moments to point to, there is no way he can claim the title of No. 1 contender.
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