Former Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will look to dethrone Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 135, discusses his opponent, as well as his training and preparation for the bout. “Rampage” reveals that he’s been training as if every fight was a five-rounder since his 2008 loss to Forrest Griffin and says that he has something “in store” for Jones on September 24th.
“Quite honestly, the fight with Jon Jones will probably go the same way (as the fight with Matt Hamill). He’ll try to take me down a lot. I don’t see Jon Jones trying to stand and bang with me. Why should he? Jon Jones has already said on Twitter that he thinks I’m trying to bait him into standing with me. He’s a coward. His stand-up is not that good anyway, the only reason why he does as good as he normally does with people is because of his reach. And he probably has a notion that I’m not really afraid of his reach. Basically, I think he probably knows everything I’m training for anyway, so he probably knows what I have in store for his reach. So, he probably wants to take me down just like Matt Hamill. It has the makings to be a real exciting fight, but it also the makings to be a boring fight if Jon Jones decided to fight me on the ground. So, I’m just preparing for everything… It’s time for me to get my belt back and show that I’m still one of the best fighters in the world.”
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Photo: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson before his fight against Wanderlei Silva during UFC 92 at the MGM Grand Arena on December 27, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. Francis Specker