Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has admitted his decision to accept a starring role in the new A-team movie, which kept him on the octagon sidelines for almost fifteen months, played a part in his poor performance against Rashad Evans at UFC 114.
“I kept trying to block out all the people talking about ring rust,” Jackson told ESPN.com. “I knew it was going to be a factor, but I kept trying to block it out. But tonight I felt it, I felt it bad. I’m a little ashamed of myself that I fell victim to ring rust.”
A visibly hesitant Rampage was out-hustled every step of the way by Evans who utilized his superior speed, clinch work and Greg Jackson-tailored game plan to capture the unanimous decision victory.
The defeat comes on the back of reports that the former UFC and Pride light heavyweight champion checked into his UFC 114 training camp weighing 250-pounds.
Jackson is now due to leave Las Vegas to embark on the A-Team press tour.