What does any good fighter do before he steps up to a fight? He studies his opponent meticulously and painstakingly, unlike I did before any exam in my academic career. Nevertheless, a good martial artist can’t have a game plan until he can calculate what his opponent will do first.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is up to face the dangerous Glover Teixeira this Friday at UFC on FOX 6. Teixeira’s last act of destruction in the Octagon was against Fabio Maldonando, where he left his opponent’s face more bruised than Lance Armstrong’s pride with ferocious punches.
However, Jackson is confident that Teixeira won’t trade blows with him, here is what he has said via MixedMartialArts.com:
“I could get excited about this type of fight, but it has been brought to my attention from my management and stuff that — and they check stuff out — that it shows Glover is really doing a lot of work on planning to take me down and holding me against the cage … stuff like that.” “He’s going to pretend to stand up to just take me down, which is okay, I’m not surprised. I don’t know what’s going through his head.”
Teixeira is a beast with those mitts, but his boxing skill is not as good as Jackson’s. If I was to bet, and I wouldn’t because I’m incredibly frugal, Jackson would destroy Teixeira on his feet. Jackson is a much better boxer, but his Jiu-Jitsu is not great. It would be wise for Teixeira to take Jackson to the ground, and wise for Jackson to stop him from getting there.