Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Almost Backed Out of UFC 114 with “Bad Knee Injury”

Written by Tom Ngo
June 16th, 2010

While Rashad Evans has gladly moved on with his life, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson still can’t seem to get the bitter taste of defeat out of his mouth … or Evans’ name for that matter.

B.A. Baracus’ most recent slights came in an interview with Fighters Only, where the controversial light heavyweight credited Evans’ coach, MMA guru Greg Jackson, for conjuring up another one of his effective, yet “boring,” strategies.

“I apologize for the fight. Not so much because I lost, but because of how it went down,” Rampage told FO. “I always like to put on exciting fights for the fans, but Rashad came out to use that ‘Greg Jackson’ plan; be boring and squeak out a victory. So that bothers me more than the loss.”

Evans posted a unanimous decision victory over Jackson at UFC 114 last month. The obvious retort to Rampage’s statement would be to question why he didn’t take the fight to the former Michigan State All-American wrestler, instead of allowing Rashad to be the aggressor.

“The reason why is because I thought he wanted me to rush in so he could take me down again. That’s the worst time to rush in and take somebody out,” Rampage said in his own defense. “So the whole time I was walking on eggshells and trying to keep him from taking me down because Rashad is an awesome wrestler and I was having trouble getting up off the floor.

“So I figured if I rushed in he was gonna take me down.”

While Evans’ gameplan wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone, Rampage was taken back by his bitter rival’s decision to pound on his knee. It was a top secret injury that almost forced Rampage out of the highly anticipated showdown.

“I remember one other thing he was doing – he was punching me in my knee! It was weird because I had suffered a real bad knee injury in camp but we kept it secret,” Rampage stated. “We didn’t say anything about it and we didn’t even tell the UFC. I told my doctor and that was it. He helped me out, but I was going to back out of the fight. The only reason I didn’t back out was the fight had been so hyped and I didn’t want to disappoint the fans.

“Why was he punching me in the knee though? That’s kind of weird – did he find out about the injury? I don’t know. It’s weird.”

IMMEDIATELY upon reading Fighters Only’s piece, Evans fired back in true “Sugar” fashion.

“How about you blame yourself [Rampage] for being too weak to improve your position. How about you keep making excuses, loser. =),” Evans Tweeted on Wednesday. “Get stronger. I trained with high school kids stronger than you! Let it go! Work your way back up to me & we can do it again.”

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