Rampage's farewell fight with Teixeira confirmed
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and fast-rising contender Glover Teixeira have agreed to fight on January 26 in Chicago, the promotion has announced.
Jackson (32 wins, 10 defeats) and Teixeira (19-2) were originally scheduled to meet on October 13 at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, but an injury forced Jackson to withdraw from the bout.
The fight with Teixeira will be Jackson's last under his current UFC contract. Jackson has vowed not to re-sign with the promotion. The bout is part of UFC on Fox 6, which will be held at United Center.
Jackson's relationship with UFC has been strained for a while. He and Teixeira exchanged harsh words last month.Jackson claims he does not hold animosity toward anyone, but promises to punish Teixeira during their January fight.
"Outside the cage, I hate no one. Life is too short for that," Jackson said Wednesday on Twitter. "Inside the cage, my job is to destroy.
"Glover is done on Jan. 26 in Chicago."
Jackson is seeking to end a two-fight losing streak. In his most recent outing, on Febuary 26 at UFC 144, Jackson lost a lopsided unanimous decision to Ryan Bader.
A knee injured prevented Jackson from making the 205-pound limit for his fight with Bader. It was the first time in his professional career that Jackson failed to make weight for a fight.
The hard-hitting Teixeira will carry a 17-fight winning streak into his bout with Jackson. He improved to 2-0 inside the Octagon at UFC 153 with a second-round TKO of fellow hard striker Fabio Maldonado.
Lightweight contender Clay Guida looks to snap a two-fight skid on the January card, when he faces Hatsu Hioki.
Guida (29-13) was on the short end of a split decision June 22 against fellow 155-pound contender Gray Maynard. After the bout, which took place in Atlantic City, Guida was heavily criticised by UFC president Dana White for failing to engage Maynard on a consistent basis.
In his most recent fight, on June 22, Hioki (26-5-2) lost by unanimous decision to Ricardo Lamas.
This article first appeared on ESPN.com