“I guarantee you Jon Jones don’t fight me like a man. Just like his boy, his old teammate Rashad. He come from a team, the (Greg) Jackson team is the most boring team out there right now. I have to say that right now. Jackson, man, y’all are some boring fighters, dog. Y’all ruining MMA for me, straight up. All these gameplans and all this stuff. GSP was the man before he started training over there with Jackson. I still like GSP but I wish he would go and do his own thing cause GSP is one of the best fighters out there, straight up. And y’all ruining MMA… I know your weakness, though. That thing that got that hair on it right there, that chin. That’s your weakness, homie. Ain’t nobody ever hit you. And guess what? I’m going to tell you, I ain’t scared of you. I ain’t scared of none of the stuff you got. I done fought people your height, your Muay Thai, your wrestling; I done fought people with better wrestling, I fought Olympic caliber wrestlers. You good, homie, but you ain’t the best. I’m the best and I’m going to show you. Bow down. Polish that belt. … You real cocky and you’re going to get put in your place.”
Rampage didn’t dig into Jon Jones too much at the UFC 135 press conference, but clearly he turned up the heat in a local radio show appearance they did thereafter. I’m not sure if Rampage is trying to get into Jones head or just trying to sell the fight, but one thing to remember is Jones is still young and hasn’t had the pleasure of fighting a veteran like Rampage who’s going to use every trick in the book to intimidate him. I may be completely wrong, but Jones seems like the type who could let someone get in his head.
As for the Greg Jackson comment, I don’t get it. For every GSP and Rashad Evans, Team Jackson has a Jon Jones, Carlos Condit and Melvin Guillard who put on highly entertaining fights. Maybe people should stop putting all the blame on Greg Jackson and start looking at the individual fighters.
Image via Heavy.com