The UFC 144 weigh-ins took place earlier tonight at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Rampage Jackson was only fighter who missed weight, coming in five pounds over his 206 lbs. target. He will be fined 20% of his purse and the fight will go on. Guess he wasn’t kidding when he told Dana White he didn’t want to know what his weight was in his video blog.
Update: Rampage blamed missing weight on a training injury during the FUEL weigh-in special.
“Well I wasn’t going to say anything, I thought I was going to make the weight, but I got injured in my camp that kind of hindered me from doing a lot of running, but I didn’t want to miss this fight cause this fight’s so important to me and I fought so hard to get it so I said forget it, I’m just going to man up and still make the fight,” Jackson told Fuel TV after the weigh ins ended.
“I kept training in other ways, I just couldn’t get my road work in a lot. Then I healed up I got my roadwork in but then it was a little bit too late. I started cutting weight, I had a lot of weight to cut and I cut 21lbs, I just couldn’t get the last six. I tried my best, it’s kind of difficult you’ve got to weigh in earlier and I kind of underestimated the time. I woke up at 3 o’clock this morning cutting weight, but I cut everything I had.”
Rich Franklin, who was serving as an analyst on the broadcast, suggested that Rampage may not have taken the fight seriously, which in turn pissed Rampage off.
“Well my friend already texted me what Rich Franklin said and Rich Franklin needs to watch his mouth before I smack him the next time I see him, he’s a fighter just like I’m a fighter, he should watch what he say. You don’t question whether a fighter taking a fight seriously or not. I take all my fights seriously,” Jackson insisted.
“I’m tired of people saying that. So what I get ups and downs in my fight career just like everybody else. I’m still here, I’ve been around for 11 years, but I’m still here and I take all my fights seriously. I’m tired of people questioning me. I haven’t backed out of a fight yet due to injuries. I fight, if I win I win, if I lose, I lose. I’ve won some fights injured and I’ve lost some fights injured. That’s just me, I’m the one that’s got to answer to them at the end of the day. That’s why I am the way I am, it’s my job to fight.”
- Frankie Edgar (154) vs. Ben Henderson (154)
- Ryan Bader (205) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (211)
- Cheick Kongo (229) vs. Mark Hunt (264)
- Yoshihiro Akiyama (169) vs. Jake Shields (170)
- Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Yushin Okami (185)
- Hatsu Hioki (145) and Bart Palaszewski (146)
- Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Anthony Pettis (155)
- Takanori Gomi (155) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154)
- Vaughan Lee (135) vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (136)
- Steve Cantwell (185) vs. Riki Fukuda (185)
- Chris Cariaso (136) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135)
- Issei Tamura (145) vs. Tiequan Zhang (146)
Fighters in non-title fights are allowed to weigh in one pound over the weight class limit.
UFC 144 “Edgar vs. Henderson” will take place tomorrow, Feb. 25, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan and will air live on pay-per-view at 10pm ET/7pm PT.
More UFC 144 weigh-in pics at CombatLifestyle.com