If you were not impressed with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s (Pictured) lopsided unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader at UFC 144, you aren’t the only ones. Rampage admitted at the post-fight press conference he was far from flabbergasted by his lackluster showing because he shouldn’t have been fighting in the first place.
“If I’m going to be critically honest, I’m not surprised I lost the fight,” Rampaged flatly stated. “I almost didn’t make it to the fight, but I didn’t want to pull out for the Japanese fans.
“I injured my knee pretty bad, and my doctor told me not to fight, but it wasn’t real serious. I didn’t need surgery or nothing, but he told me it wasn’t a good idea to fight. I decided to fight anyway.”
The knee injury is what caused Rampage to miss weight by five astonishing pounds.
Some felt that because the 33-year-old had touched on the retirement topic heading into the scrap, he was about ready to hang up his MMA gloves once and for all. Sunday marked exactly six years since the last time Rampage competed in the Land of the Rising Sun, a country where he initially made his claim to mixed martial arts fame – so it was as though his career had come full circle.
However, the former UFC light heavyweight champion professes his fighting days are far from over. If not for the unfortunate injury he suffered during camp, fans were set to witness a new-and-improved Rampage.
“I know I’m getting to the end of my career because I said I don’t want to fight past 35, but honestly, before I hurt my knee, you guys should have seen how I was training. I was looking like a superstar, then I hurt my knee,” Rampage added.
“Now I know what I can do if I come in at 100 percent. I think I got a lot of years and I’m ready to put on more shows.”