Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson walked into the Octagon on Saturday night claiming that his fight against Glover Teixeira was going to be the final time he would compete for the promotion.
As with any competitor, his hope was that he would walk away a winner. He didn't. Jackson fell to Teixeira by unanimous decision, winning one round on the scorecard of a single judge.
Before the fight, Jackson claimed he knew that Teixeira was going to try to take him down and fight him on the ground, the position where Jackson is the least accomplished. Yes, Teixeira did take down Jackson, going five-for-five in his takedown attempts, but that's not what won the fight for the Brazilian fighter. It was his striking that earned the victory.
According to the FightMetric numbers, Teixeira landed almost 50 percent of his strikes, throwing 207 total strikes while finding purchase for 103. By contrast, Jackson went 54-for-170 in the striking department, which didn't seem to be the game plan that Teixeira's corner wanted him to follow.
According to UFC president Dana White, throughout the fight Teixeira's corner man, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, was screaming for Teixeira to take Jackson to the mat. But Teixeira was more than happy to remain standing for the majority of the fight against the heavy-handed Jackson, much to the delight of the Chicago crowd.
If Saturday was indeed the last UFC fight of Jackson's career, he didn't walk out of the United Center holding any grudge. White said Jackson let him know that he would miss him, to which White replied, "I miss you already."
Judging from the cheers Jackson heard during his fight, the UFC fans are going to miss him as well.
All quotes were obtained firsthand by B/R MMA.