Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson has often been outspoken to say the least; beef between the Pride FC legend and UFC President Dana White has exploded in recent times, especially since Jackson jumped ship and joined Bellator.
Jackson made a successful promotional debut for BFC, knocking out Joey Beltran at Bellator 108, and dispelling the common opinion that Jackson waqs done with MMA. He may not be at the top flight level that he was during his prime, but he can still put on a show.
‘Rampage’ was present at a seminar in Sao Paulo, giving interviews during a launch of an MMA academy. Check out what he had to say about UFC Light-Heavyweight champ Jon Jones:
“I think Glover is gonna win. I’m supporting him and I’m betting on him. Jon Jones is an excellent fighter but he doesn’t always put on a show for the fans so they aren‘t always happy with him,”
“He is a great athlete. He is also one of the dirtiest opponents I have fought. If I could, I would break his knee for him so he doesn’t fight ever again.”
Now that is a huge insult in the world of MMA, Jackson is talking about taking ‘Bones’ out for good and threatening his livelihood. I know he can be a bit crass, but Jackson may have overstepped the mark with this crack.
Although I doubt that Jackson would ever actually follow through with this talk, but simply talking can get you fired these days; ask Miguel Torres (twice). It is also interesting to see that Page is betting on Teixeira to win, given that he fights with striking similarity to Jackson himself.
Teixeira’s plodding style, in my opinion, plays directly in to Jones’ strengths as did Jackson’s. Maybe it is a case of sour grapes, or perhaps Jackson genuinely believes that GT is the man to finally topple Jones.
Jackson made his attempt at a second tenure as UFC boss when he stepped in against Jones at UFC 135. The result was a pretty nasty four round beat down for Jackson, who succumbed to a rear naked choke by ‘Bones’ in the fourth.
As always the MMA game waits for no man, and maybe Jackson’s latest outburst is yet another sign of his resentment towards the sport that he once loved very much.