Although nearly every fan inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena expressed their displeasure in Quinton Jackson’s inability to finish Matt Hamill at UFC 130, company president Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that “Rampage” will be getting first dibs at Jon Jones’ freshly minted light heavyweight title. That’s assuming his fractured hand won’t prevent him from answering the bell, of course.
“Honestly, I hurt my hand in Japan back in December, drunken around, fighting with my friend in the hallway. I thought it would heal up,” Jackson stated at the post-fight presser.
“I did a crazy jab on one of my sparring partners, and I hurt it.”
Coincidentally, Jones is on the mend from a hand injury of his own. “Bones” was slated to defend his throne against friend-turned-foe Rashad Evans prior to the injury. While Evans and Jones have lit up Twitter with their beef, “Rampage” has no qualms with the skyrocketing superstar.
“I don’t really know Jones. I don’t got nothing against him. He has my belt,” Rampage stated. “I still feel like I didn’t lose that belt. It’s not his fault that he got my belt, it’s my fault.”
Of course, the caveat to Jones vs. Rampage will be what the UFC doctors determine. White didn’t mention when the championship affair might take place. However, he did suggest Lyoto Machida is still in the running in case Rampage can’t go.