Wanderlei Silva returns to his old winning ways with a dashing KO of Brian Stann. This marks Wanderlei’s first bout at 205 since he lost to Rampage Jackson at UFC 92. This is also the first time Silva has returned to Japan since the UFC/Pride merger.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has likely stepped inside the Octagon for the last time in his fighting career.
Following a third consecutive defeat, Jackson’s contract with the promotion expired. Both sides appear set to part ways, and, as far as “Rampage” is concerned, that’s find by him.
“I think it’s the UFC’s loss,” said Jackson, during a recent appearance on Inside MMA. “Not mine, because I can go to any organization on the planet and have a successful career.”
Jackson (32-11) and White butted heads several times over the last few years. From his run-in with the law following a loss to Forrest Griffin, to the decision to leave MMA and film the movie “The A-Team,” the two have not been on the best of terms.
The fighter has stated his desire to possibly try boxing down the road, but has reiterated many times that he will continue to fight despite being 34 years old.
Of course, Dan Henderson is a legendary figure of the sport. He’s beaten a laundry list of elite fighters in Pride, The UFC, and Strikeforce. Over his career, Henderson has proven himself to be an amazingly dynamic and versatile fighter. He’s competed and held key wins over opponents at middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. Even more impressive, he managed to hold the 185 pound and 205 pound Pride belts simultaneously. He is now 42 years old, but that hasn’t slowed him a bit. Henderson was set to square off with Jon Jones at UFC 151, but ultimately a knee injury led to the fight being cancelled all together. He’s now only one win away (Lyoto Machida) from another crack at UFC gold.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson used the fine folks at TMZ to help state his case as to why he wants to leave the UFC.
Jackson recently completed his contract with the promotion, has made it known he plans to look into other organizations. Jackson is currently on a three-fight losing skid, including a recent decision loss to Glover Teixeira.
“I didn’t retire from MMA,” Jackson stated. “But as of now….I’ve left the UFC.”
While Jackson continues to claim the UFC did not treat him properly, UFC president Dana White stated that the fighter made over $15 million during his recent run.
“The UFC didn’t treat me right,” Jackson continued. “I don’t like the way I was treated there.”
Jackson, who was cast in the remake of “The A-Team,” mentioned a possible dip into boxing in the coming months.
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Dana sheds light on his true relationship with Randy Couture. He basically says Randy isn’t a great guy. He even challenges Randy’s parenting and says he’s glad to be done with him. Dana says he has no ill-will towards Rampage, and he only wished him the best.
Rampage gives the first personal interview following his loss to Glover Teixeira.
Glover Teixeira wasted enough time trying to get to the UFC.
Following a decision victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Saturday night, Teixeira doesn’t plan to let anymore time slip through the cracks.
Teixeira pushed his win streak to 18 straight by battering Jackson with his heavy hands, nearly stopping him a handful of times. When asked during the post-fight show on Fuel TV if he planned to wait for a title shot, Teixeira declined such a notion.
“I don’t want to wait that long.”
The Chuck Liddell-inspired fighter added that it isn’t up to him to decide if he fights for the title, saying, “The No. 1 contender is Chael Sonnen, and you’ve got to respect that. Let him go and see what happens.” Teixeira did add that he believes Jon Jones will retain his title against Sonnen when the two meet later this year.
Following his win over Teixeira, Jones – who was in attendance – told him, “Great fight, you and me will have a great fight.”
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson isn’t sure if he can ever become a contender again following a loss to Glover Teixeira Saturday night at UFC on Fox 7.
Jackson’s third consecutive defeat – a career first – left him pondering his future during the post-fight interview on Fuel TV.
“I think I just have to look at my reality and see,” Jackson said. “The game has changed. Maybe I can be one of those mid-range fighters who are exciting for the fans. I don’t know if I can compete with the top guys anymore. Maybe I can come back if I get my mind right.”
Jackson’s contract with the UFC expired following the loss to Teixeira. He hinted that he might try and take a boxing match before looking to return to MMA.
Jackson did make sure to let all of his fans know, “I’ll fight again. It’s still in my heart to fight.”
The first UFC championship match of 2013 takes place Saturday night, as UFC flyweight champion Ddemetrious Johnson defends his title against John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6.
The card will also feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on Glover Teixeira, lightweights Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis squaring off, and Erik Koch meeting Ricardo Lamas.
Weigh-ins took place earlier today, and you can find complete results below:
MAIN CARD (Fox)
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (125 lbs.) vs. John Dodson (124 lbs.)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (204 lbs.) vs. Glover Teixeira (206 lbs.)
Donald Cerrone (155 lbs.) vs. Anthony Pettis (155 lbs.)
Erik Koch (145 lbs.) vs. Ricardo Lamas (145 lbs.)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
T.J. Grant (155 lbs.) vs. Matt Wiman (156 lbs.)
Clay Guida (146 lbs.) vs. Hatsu Hioki (146 lbs.)
Mike Stumpf (170 lbs.) vs. Pascal Krauss (171 lbs.)
Ryan Bader (205 lbs.) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205 lbs.)
Mike Russow (256 lbs.) vs. Shawn Jordan (251 lbs.)
Rafael Natal (185 lbs.) vs. Sean Spencer (186 lbs.)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
David Mitchell (171 lbs.) vs. Simeon Thoresen (171 lbs.)