Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson entered a bout with Ryan Bader earlier this year expecting to bounce back into title contention with a dominating performance.
Instead, Jackson failed to make weight and was easily defeated by Bader.
“Rampage,” who was submitted by Jon Jones late in 2011 in a UFC light heavyweight title match, blamed a pre-fight training injury on both his inability to make weight and poor performance. He has continued to stand by that, as he told Inside MMA recently, adding that he will never fight injured again.
Me losing my last fight due to an injury to such a weak opponent like Ryan Bader; I’ve got excuses for every loss I have, but you could tell I was injured. But me losing to a guy like Ryan Bader has really lit a fire under my ass. Now, I’m staying in shape, I’m training all the time.
Jackson (32-10) has stood by his not-fighting-injured remark, cancelling a planned bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to have knee surgery and pulling out of a match with Glover Teixeira after he was hurt, as well.
I’m not fighting injured no more.
Jackson has let it be known that he wants to face Teixeira, asking the UFC to re-schedule the match with the Brazilian who is 19-2 in his career.
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