Leading up to tonight’s shootout with Lyoto Machida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had been hinting something wasn’t quite right with him in an uneventful loss to Rashad Evans in his last outing. If you believe Rampage had already offered up an excuse by merely uttering something may have been awry, it’s because he was.
“I kind of learned something from watching Randy Couture. I noticed that he don’t make excuses and I do. I do make excuses for all my losses, cause I got excuses for all my losses,” Jackson half-jokingly told MMAFighting. “I just chose really to not talk about it this time.
“I just felt obligated to take the fight because I couldn’t take the fight in Memphis (at UFC 107) because of the movie.”
B.A. Baracus embarked on a nationwide promotional tour for “The A-Team” prior to meeting Evans at UFC 114. Despite claims he was physically and mentally in tune to take the top contender scrap, Rampage was staring up at the MGM ceiling for much of their contest.
“Things happened in camp,” Jackson vaguely said. “I was thinking that maybe I should pull out the fight, but I didn’t. I just did it for the fans and I tried my best and I almost won.”
If by ‘almost won’ the 32-year-old means a lopsided decision loss that had UFC president Dana White irritated beyond comprehension, then yes, he definitely ALMOST WON the heavily hyped scrap.
Rampage has already planted an early excuse seed for his Motor City meeting with Machida. He’s suggested another forgettable unanimous decision defeat could be coming courtesy of “the Dragon’s” ever elusive ways.
You can’t hit what you can’t catch, but Rampage will attempt to nail a homer regardless. If he happens to strike out, we may already know why.
The former 205-pound kingpins will headline tonight’s show inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.