Quinton “Rampage” Jackson definitely wants to avenge a 2005 loss to current light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – just not on March 19. Offered an opportunity to take an injured Rashad Evans’ spot against Rua at UFC 128 during last weekend’s UFC 126 festivities, Jackson declined the match-up eventually going to Jon Jones while referring to his inability to prepare for the bout in such a short time as the reason for his refusal.
“Rampage” spoke about the decision in an interview with MMAJunkie saying it was currently unrealistic for him to be in shape with only 4-5 weeks to get ready regardless of opponent.
“I’m just doing maintenance training right now. I just started back. I fought right before the holidays, and I went on vacation to see my family and took my kids to see their family in Japan,” the 32-year old star explained. “I’ve been living my life, so I gained a lot of weight. I’m a natural fighter. I don’t do any drugs, and I don’t know any high-performance drugs, so I have a natural body. My body gains weight when I don’t train and I don’t eat like I’m in camp.”
“I’m 250 pounds, and I would have to lose 45 pounds in, what, three or four weeks?” Jackson continued. “The first time I fought (Rua) I was injured going into that fight, and it has haunted me all the way up to now. I always believed the second time I fight ‘Shogun’ that I’m going to be close to 100 percent as possible.”
Jackson will instead look towards a May 28 date with 15-2 Thiago Silva at UFC 130 where he’ll attempt to build on a paper-thin win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 123 this past November. “Rampage” holds an overall record of 31-8 in his career with victories over a number of notable opponents including Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, and Dan Henderson.
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