“Glover is a guy who says he’s going to knock me out and stand with me, but he’ll just try to take me down like other guys I’ve fought. It’s cowardly to say what you want to do and get me to focus somewhere else and have me training other areas,” Jackson said during a recent media conference call. “I’m smarter than that now. I’ve pretty much found out that he’s going to try to wrestle me and take me down. I used to respect him a lot as a fighter, but I see his game plan and I’m disappointed. I’m looking forward to a good fight, and I’m ready to go anywhere.”
Jackson is the type of fighter who wants to put on a show for fans. He loves when his fights become standup wars, and he despises when his opponents try to turn MMA fights into wrestling matches.
“I think the reason why people didn’t want to fight [Teixeira] is, ‘Who is he?’ People haven’t really heard of him. If you look at Glover’s record, who has he really fought? He hasn’t fought any top names. The biggest guy he fought was Ricco Rodriguez, and he’s past his time,” said Jackson of his upcoming foe. “I fight for my career, and I’ve never turned down a fight the UFC offered me. The only person I tried to duck was Matt Hamill because he was a boring fighter. I saw the videos of him trying to hold me against the cage and wrestle me. He’s not a real fighter.”
Jackson fights Teixeira on Jan. 26 at the UFC on FOX 6 card in Chicago.
“I think I’ll have fun once I leave the UFC and fight for an organization where I feel appreciated. My objective is to fight and put butts in seats and have people give me a pat on the back and thank me for fighting injured when I could have pulled out. I have a few more years in me. My training camp is going really well, and my knee is strong,” said Jackson. “I’ve put my time in. I did my thing. I think my next challenge, if I go somewhere, is I want to be exciting. Maybe I’ll do some boxing, some kickboxing and stuff like that. I’ve done jiu-jitsu tournaments, wrestling tournaments, kickboxing fights, but I’ve never done boxing. ‘Kimbo Slice’ is doing it, and he’s doing pretty good.”