After Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (Pictured) weighed in at an astonishing 211 pounds for his UFC 144 fight against Ryan Bader, five lbs. over the limit for a non-title light heavyweight scrap, Rampage vaguely addressed his disappointing showing by claiming he had issues during his training camp.
Immediately after the former champion left the stage, he was interviewed on FUEL TV’s live show and revealed an injury temporarily prevented him from putting in the work that he wanted to.
“I wasn’t going to say anything, I thought I was going to make weight,” Rampage stated. “I got injured in my camp and it kind of hindered me from doing a lot running. I didn’t want to miss this fight, this fight was 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.’
“I kept training in other ways, but I just couldn’t get the road work in. Then, I healed up and starting getting road work in but it was a little bit too late. I started cutting weight, but I had a lot of weight to cut. I cut 21 pounds, I just couldn’t get the last six. It’s kind of difficult, you got to weigh-in earlier [in Japan] and I kind of underestimated the time. I woke up at three o’clock this morning to cut weight. I cut everything I had.”
The 33-year-old didn’t disclose his wound to ensure Bader wouldn’t target it during their tango. However, he did state it was almost completely healed up.
Former UFC middleweight champ Rich Franklin, who was serving as an analyst for FUEL TV, suggested a fighter missing weight by that much either didn’t take his opponent seriously or had major complications in his camp. Apparently, Jackson only heard the first part of Franklin’s comments because he was none too pleased with Richie’s conclusions.
“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,” an irritated Rampage said. “He’s a fighter just like I’m a fighter, he should watch what he say. You don’t question whether a fighter is taking a fight seriously or not. I take all my fights seriously.”
Rampage will be docked 20 percent of his ‘show purse,’ which will go directly into Bader’s pocket. He made a reported $250,000 in his last fight, so Bader scores at least an extra $50k just for doing his job.
The light heavyweights collide tomorrow night inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Their contest co-headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.