UFC 135 Press Conference: Verbal jabs lead to intense Jones, Rampage staredownPosted on September 21, 2011, 02:57 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC President Dana White, alongside several of the event's biggest stars, were in attendance today at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado for the UFC 135 Pre-Fight Press Conference. The stacked card will be headlined by a Light Heavyweight title clash between division Champion Jon "Bones" Jones and challenger Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, while Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes squares off with AKA product Josh Koscheck in the co-main event. Also featured will be a Heavyweight showdown between rapidly-rising prospect Travis Browne and the U.K.'s Rob Broughton, as well as Lightweight tilt pitting Nick Diaz against "The Fireball Kid" Takanori Gomi.
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage Pre-Fight Press Conference Highlights (via MMAMania.com):
Dana White: Rampage has been here for a long time. He's fought all the best in the world. I think one of the things that people always talked about in the past was his lack of motivation, but to say that this would be the biggest upset in UFC history is insane.
Quinton Jackson: I'm glad Jon Jones is underestimating me. He'll be very surprised on Saturday... I think this is the best camp of my career because I was very motivated. Muscle Farm had a great facility. It was state of the art. I haven't been this motivated in a long time.
Jon Jones: I'm positive that I've never stated that Rampage doesn't have the tools to beat me. Never did I say that in any interviews. He's a unified Champion and has knocked out some of the best in the world. I'm not underestimating Rampage at all. That would be a very, very ignorant thing for me to do, to underestimate somebody with such a great status.
Jon Jones: I think a big part of getting knocked out, it comes more and more with the older guys in the sport. Your ability to take punches goes away. I have a fresh chin. I have a fresh passion and a fresh heart and I think that's gonna get me out of a lot of things. I have a passion to not wanna get hit and because of how serious I take this sport, that's why my chin hasn't been tested. I put a lot of time in evading and movements. (Rampage interrupts: And running!)
Quinton Jackson: Jon Jones can think whatever he wants to think. He can talk all he wants. He hasn't fought anybody. Shogun is the toughest guy he fought and he was rusty. Let Jon do all his talking, I'll do my talking in the Octagon. We'll see how the old man goes down. He's never been in the championship rounds and I have.
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