Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s displeasure for Lyoto Machida’s elusive ways have been well documented. Thankfully, the controversial slugger appears to have found the secret to taming “The Dragon” at UFC 123.
“Much respect to him as a person,” Jackson told Sherdog.com. “As a fighter, I really don’t like his fighting style. If anybody knows about me, as soon as I get in the Octagon, I come to fight. I really don’t like people who fight in [Machida’s] manner.
“How are you going to fight somebody from a distance?”
I have no idea Rampage, how does one attack an adversary that’s constantly in motion?
“That is one of the things I’ve been working on a lot, not fighting his fight. I’m going to fight my fight,” Rampage coyly said of his motives. “I don’t care what Machida does or what he thinks he’s going to do. It’s all about what I’m going to do.
“I feel my last performance wasn’t that exciting, and anybody who understands me knows that I like to put on a great show. I like entertaining people. That’s one of the reasons why I became a fighter. Honestly, I have always respected Machida, but I feel like too many fighters are coming up with crazy game plans and fighting for points.”
Rashad Evans’ complex scheme to plant Rampage on his back for much of their UFC 114 contest earned him an easy unanimous decision victory. Rampage intends to do that sophisticated strategy one better by simply ending things before the three officials sitting Octagon-side even dare to submit their scores.
“I love MMA, but I don’t think MMA has the best judges,” Jackson shared. “Judges come from different areas and don’t really understand all aspects of MMA.”
UFC 123 takes place this Saturday inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.