With his win over Matt Hamill at UFC 130 this past weekend, former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson temporarily secured himself a shot at reigning title holder Jon Jones.
Unfortunately, Rampage injured his left hand while horse playing with some buddies and it could cost him an opportunity to recapture the belt he feels he never should have lost.
“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.
Jackson says he was able to adequately use his hand during training camp and was confident that it was completely healed come game time. As luck would have it, he admitted Hamill’s “hard head” caused him to re-injure the hand during their 15-minute affair.
UFC president Dana White is fully prepared to make him the No. 1 contender, but will reserve his decision if Jackson isn’t cleared by doctors.
“We’ve got to see what’s wrong with him. He’s talking about his hands,” White told Ariel Helwani. “We’ve got to get his hands looked at. I’m not gonna let the guy fight if he’s got bad hands.”
So if not Jackson, then who?
Enter “The Dragon.”
White confirmed Lyoto Machida will be Jones’ first challenger, if Jackson’s injury is as bad as he believes it is.
Jackson took a controversial split decision victory against Machida at UFC 123 this past November, but an impressive Karate Kid-esque kick on Randy Couture at UFC 129 may have been enough to earn the Brazilian the nod.
“Rampage” is expected to have an MRI and X-Ray done on his hand this week.