With Forrest Griffin and Quinton Jackson’s five round war at UFC 86 being so close, many fans, including myself, were left wanting an immediate rematch. However, the biggest question to answer before it could even be seriously considered was whether or not Jackson’s left leg was seriously injured.
Good news, it wasn’t.
According to MMAJunkie.com, Jackson had the leg examined by a doctor today, and was cleared to resume training next week.
The damage? A deep bone bruise.
With that question out of the way, Rampage’s trainer Juanito Ibarra is more fired up than ever for an immediate rematch.
“After the fight, he had a knot the size of a cantaloupe on his shin. I’ve never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been in the fight game. It was ugly. The next day it went down. Today, there’s no bump at all. The doctor said he’s fine. It’s a deep bone bruise now. He’s totally fine. There’s no damage. All we’re waiting for now is the rematch.”
“Why shouldn’t it? Forrest said after the fight he didn’t want to do it again, but he had to, remember? He said that because he felt in his heart he didn’t win that fight. Let the kids heal, and let’s get it on.”
As he stated on Sunday, Ibarra plans on protesting the decision, at least to find out the reasoning behind two judges giving the first round to Griffin.
“My grounds (for protest) are the first round — how it was scored. I want them to prove to me how a round is to be scored, per the rules that the judges have to follow, and tell me how they came up with what they came up with. I thought the worst nightmare in the world could have been a draw, but a loss unanimously … I can’t swallow it. I can’t swallow it.”
I would like to know too. That was absolutely ridiculous.
Nevertheless, it looks like Quinton is good to go. Your move Dana!