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Jon Jones: Teixeira Is A Lot Like Rampage Just With Better Grappling


Glover Teixeira caught a lot of people’s attention with his first round knockout of Ryan Bader last night; the win earned the Brazilian slugger the next shot at the 205lb. title, after Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson had settled their beef. The win obviously caught the attention of the current Light-Heavyweight boss Jones, but not for the right reasons. It would appear that Jones was not at all impressed by Teixeira’s performance against ‘Darth’, the 205 champion compares GT to Rampage Jackson via his twitter account:

JJ has been known to get in to plenty of Twitter beefs in the past, so Teixeira shouldn’t feel singled out. Jones continued the assault on Teixeira’s character in the wake of UFN 28:

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the reason that everyone thinks GT is championship material because of the fact that he has fought to become the logical contender? I personally believe he has all the tools to beat Jones. He can win off his back, has aggressive stand up, a good chin and is clearly able to come back from adversity.

I do agree with Jones on his first point though; Teixeira is like Rampage but with better grappling, but not the Rampage that Jones faced, Rampage in his prime years. Great KO power, strength, agility, a solid chin and a first class mean mug. Regardless of whether Jones thinks that Teixeira is undeserving, it would seem the two are on a collision course. That is, of course, if JJ gets past Gus in their title scrap.

  • That translate to E-Z PREY & PAY

  • Jones is clearly the favorite but I dont see other guy in the division with better chances than Glover….if he can manage to scramble and fall on top Jones would be in deep water…..

  • Assuming that Jones beats Gus, I think Teixeira might have a good chance against him. He does have the power and tenacity it takes to fight against the huge reach advantage. Then again, we Pride fanatics said the same thing when Rua fought Jones. Of course like Rory pointed out, if Rua wasn't past his prime it could've gone a whole different way. We can only speculate…

    Fighting against someone with such a massive reach advantage is like fighting against someone with sticks. Add to that reach his exponentially improving striking, his solid wrestling and the heart he showed against Vitor and you got yourself a bad mothercuddler to beat.

    I'm far from a Jones fan boy but you got to admit he is a monster. That being said, I honestly think Glover could take the fight to him and not get caught up on the outside, maybe even get a knock down to use that solid 'go for the finish' ground game of his.

  • I think Glover does have the best chance in the division. People keep saying Machida, and I was 1 of those people. Everyone is basing that hope off the 1 good punch and "flurry" machida landed. It did land and he was in "trouble" but just because a punch wobbled him backwards once doesn't mean it would land the same again. Jones was able to recover and make sure it didn't happen again with only 1 minute on the stool between rounds. With a whole camp I think he'd choke him out earlier. Glover has the best chance because I believe Jones' skill set/physical attributes are so far above the rest that a snap sub or flash K.O is the only chance to win. Glover can pull off either. Also his chin is solid and he doesn't mind getting hit. Jones' actual punching power isn't great so Glover might be able to press forward and over power him toward the cage to make it a brawl style striking battle, which I give Glover the edge. End of the day I still will pick Jones'. Gus/Jones should be entertaining but I don't think it's a serious threat to Jones.

    • Well 1 good punch and flurry could very well spell the end as it did for Machida in that fight when Jones caught Machida with an elbow and then choked a stunned Machida. Jones was nearly crying when he went for his pep talk with greg after R1 because he was finding Machida to be real trouble even with his foot reach advantage.

  • . If texira has better grappling as Jon Jones says then he's NOTHING Like Rampage. Let's not forget texira actually took 

  • If Jones gets rocked by Texi, it will be the end.

    • All serious analogies aside…just say it.." and new UFC Light Heavy Weight Champion, Glover Texeria !!!" …you hear that. It just does not sound right, like , it is not meant to be. I actually would like to see him KO Jones, and I like Jones, but I literally just cannot picture him as being champ. I am a Silva fan , and I could see Weidman as champ. This just dont have that "ring" to it….now back to En-*****

  • Dangerous to look pass Gus.

  • Gus is going down, and then Glover. Everyone forgets how easily Jones has handled most of his opponents so far, and neither Gus or Glover have anything better to offer than those who have already failed.

    • Jones did not handle Machida easily. Machida had Bones worried after R1 and was caught by an elbow that gave Jones an easy sub with Machida giving virtually no resistance. All it would take is for Machida to land a stunner like Jones did and maybe Jones doesn't recover either. If Glover lands it will be hard for Jones to come back and Glover was able to take down a ready Bader 2 times. I would still have Jones as favorite though due to a 10.5 inch reach advantage.

    • Gus will be no problem whatsoever for Jones. They market Gus like he's the first guy to have a reach parity with Jones but he is still 8 inches longer in reach than Gus. The closest Jones came to being defeated was by Bonnar who if he had more than 3 rounds was on his way to beating Jones handily and he was only 4 inches short of Jones reach. It is Jones natural advantage but I don't see him as p4p best fighter with his skill being so much higher then everyone else. I do see him as a great and highly skilled fighter but I think guys like Machida if they had his reach would make short work of him.