Despite posting a mundane 3-2 record over his last five Octagon outings – with four of those fights ending via unanimous decision, including his forgettable performance against Rashad Evans at UFC 114 – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson claims his UFC 123 opponent doesn’t provide the same action-packed thrills as he does.
“Whenever I lose it always makes me hungrier, but it also depends on how I lose. Quite honestly, I would rather be fighting someone more exciting just because I feel like my last fight was really boring, a lot more boring than I wanted it to be,” Rampage told FightersOnly. “So I wanted to fight someone who is a little bit more exciting, and now the pressure is on me to make the fight exciting.
“Now, I don’t know what kind of fighter I am gonna be on the night – am I gonna play it safe just to get the win or am I gonna be the normal fighter that I am and look to make the fight exciting?”
Lyoto Machida is a jiu jitsu black belt and was perfect through his first 16 professional fights. Unfortunately, “The Dragon” was forced to rematch Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 113 and had his bling-bling belt jacked by the time he came to.
Although he’s one of the game’s best competitors, Machida’s elusive ways gives off the perception as though he’s not pressing the action. While Jackson has yet to experience the Brazilian’s dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge ways firsthand, he knows it’s not the ideal matchup for him.
“I would have fought [anybody] coming off a loss to make the fight more exciting. I was even willing to fight at heavyweight, someone who is going to bang,” Rampage added. “At the end of the day, me, I really don’t care if I win or lose, my main thing is a good fight.”
Having his hand raised in Motown might not be important to B.A Baracus, but the Gambling Gods sure give a damn. The powers that be have pegged Mr. Boring as nearly a 3-to-1 favorite to send Jackson on the first two-fight skid of his controversial career.
UFC 123 will be jumping off inside the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.