Although the curtain won’t be drawn on UFC 135 until September 24th, it didn’t stop light heavyweight king Jon Jones and former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from exchanging verbal jabs during Tuesday’s press conference in Denver, Colorado.
It was a light-hearted affair up until the featured fighters were asked about their respective standup games. Rampage expressed frustration in the fact his aerial assault has been grounded in recent scraps, and the former PrideFC champ suggested “Bones” might be hesitant to engage in a shootout, as well.
UFC 135 takes place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Here’s the testy conversation between the 205-pounders:
Rampage addressing the reporter: Who’s been standing with me, dog? Who’s actually been doing mixed martial arts with me, man? Everybody has been wrestling with me. You already know, playa.
Jones: I think I displayed pretty good kickboxing against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ [Rua], and Shogun is somebody that actually knees, elbows and throws high kicks and things. Rampage is like fighting a boxer, in my opinion. If he thinks I’m intimidated to stand by him, I think that’s great for me he’s under that impression.
Rampage: I just have to say, straight up, I respect you. I do think you the future of MMA. Straight up, keeping it real. But you fought Shogun when he was rusty as hell, dog. He was off of injury, he hadn’t fought in over a year, two knee surgeries…
Jones: There will always be excuses. I’m sure after I beat you, it’ll be, ‘Oh, you didn’t fight the Pride Rampage, you fought the movie star Rampage.’ So, there will always be excuses.
Rampage: You’re right, there’s a 100 of them. I got three excuses for every time I’ve lost. I got a bunch of ‘em.
Jones: Are you thinking of anything good now?
Rampage: Oh, I ain’t gonna need no excuses after this fight. I ain’t gonna need not one. You gonna need a bunch of ‘em!