Teixeira outpoints "Rampage" in co-main event
"Rampage" struggled against Teixeira's power in the early going, covering up to defend far more than opening up to throw counters. The Brazilian had the fighter-turned-actor in trouble several times in the first round, but Jackson started putting things together after weathering the early storm.
After making it through the first, Jackson's combos looked heavier and were more accurate, while Teixeira would fire back about as often. The Brazilian attempted to work the fight down and, while he was able to earn a takedown, "Rampage" always managed to work his way back up.
That was not the case in the third and final round as an exhausted Jackson, aside from a dynamic start, fell off early. Teixeira weathered the early violence from "Rampage" and then took the fight down basically at will. While Jackson was able to stand after the first takedown, he was so spent that even the most telegraphed takedown attempts were successful.
Teixeira finished the fight on top, hammering away on "Rampage," but unable to get the finish.
The next chapter in Jackson's career is now upon the former champion, and whether or not he will ever fight in the UFC again is up in the air. He has lost three straight contests.
Meanwhile, Teixeira remains one of the division's elite, but did little to move himself into the top contender's slot at 205 lbs. He is 3-0 in the UFC, but failed to put away an exhausted "Rampage," which is something light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was able to accomplish.
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