After posting a unanimous decision victory over Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186, former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured) claimed he’s just getting started.
Jackson knows exactly who he would like to face now that he’s back in the UFC. His hit list is exclusive and highly prestigious. In fact, two of them are former champions and one is the division’s reigning king.
“Honestly, I want to come back and beat everybody that beat me,” Jackson stated at Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “I want to fight [Mauricio] ‘Shogun’ [Rua], Rashad [Evans], Glover [Teixeira] and make my way back up to Jon [Jones]. That’s the honest truth.”
Interestingly enough, Jackson didn’t mention Ryan Bader. It’s no secret Jackson can’t stand opponents who wrestle him to death and that’s exactly what Bader did in 2012’s landslide unanimous decision win.
At 35, Jackson’s best years are behind him. However, so are Rua, Teixeira and Evans’. However, Jones is likely just entering his prime and is as unbeatable as they come in MMA. Jackson will probably never sniff another tango with Jones no matter what kind of run he goes on.
Forrest Griffin, Wanderlei Silva (twice), Daijiro Matsui, Kazushi Sakuraba and Marvin Eastman are the only other men to beat Jackson, but are not on the UFC roster. Jackson avenged his 2000 defeat to Eastman seven years later and finally collected a win over Silva at UFC 92.
As far as a rematch Jackson doesn’t want to see, but will most certainly soon enough, is against Bellator MMA, his former employer. While he managed to get an emergency relief from the court-ordered injunction from Bellator MMA to prevent him from returning to the UFC to fight Maldonado, UFC president Dana White said after Jackson’s win that “I think he definitely still does have some legal trouble ahead of him.”
Sounds like Rampage vs. Bellator II is already in the works.