After losing his title to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been on a mission. He is out to prove to everyone that he is once again deserving of wearing the UFC light heavyweight title, however knows that he needs to impressively discard all opponents on his way back to the top.
“After my performance with Forrest I’ve been so ashamed of myself, so every fight I’m motivated. I’m motivated to go out there and look good and win because I know what type of fighter I am,” Rampage stated. “And I was really disappointed in myself for letting myself take it to that point where I’m not motivated and I get it in my head that all of these guys are easy.”
Rampage looked exceptionally motivated against Wanderlei Silva in his first bout back since losing the title. He knocked out his former PrideFC foe in the 1stRound of their matchup at UFC 92.
Now it is on to the next step in his journey back to the title, where he will be facing Keith Jardine at UFC 96 this Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
“I think he’s an excellent fighter,” Jackson said about Jardine. “So you know he got big wins. He got big losses just like us all. You know what I’m saying? That don’t make a fighter, how many losses, how many wins you got, what type of fighter. Anything can happen on any given day. I like Keith’s style. He’s got a good little style. He stands up and he likes to bang. He’s a good fighter.”
Jardine may be one of the toughest bouts for Rampage as he is all-but guaranteed first crack at Rashad Evans’ title with a win. Although he knows what might lie ahead, he isn’t looking past Jardine for one second.
“There’s no more easy fights. I’m motivated to train hard every time.”