After losing to nemesis Rashad Evans at UFC 114, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson now finds himself with an opportunity to right the wrong that took place last May. Although Lyoto Machida will stand in his way Saturday at UFC 123, Rampage is prepared to attack the next chapter of his career with the same ferociousness that got him to the Octagon in the first place.
“I’m coming off a loss and I’m really disappointed in my last performance and my last fight, but I know why I lost my last fight,” Jackson told Sherdog.com. “This time, I’m just going to go out there and give it my 100 percent, give it my best.
“If I win this time, I’m going to be really proud of myself. If I don’t pull it off this time, I’m not going to be as disappointed in myself as I was the last time. Last time I couldn’t give it my all because I had so many obstacles to go through.”
Instead of splitting time filming and promoting a blockbuster movie, word from the MMA universe is that Jackson has been on a rampage during training and plans to turn back the hands of time in the Motor City.
“This fight right here is all about honor and respect,” stated the 32-year-old. “Since I’ve been in the UFC, I have been all about money because quite honestly, I’ve made more money in the UFC than I ever did in other shows.
“It’s really easy to get beside yourself and be all about the money, all about the money. But I remember back in my Pride days, I used to just go and fight for honor … I want to go back to my old Pride days when I used to fight to put on a show.”
Between 2001-2006, Rampage participated in (winning more than losing) some of the most exciting MMA fights in history for the Japanese promotion.
UFC 123 takes place Saturday inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.