Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be looking to rebound from a loss to Rashad Evans this Saturday night when he takes on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and the Memphis, Tennessee native promises a renewed mindset and motivation heading into this bout that will carry him to victory over a fellow former 205-pound champ in Machida.
“I’m fighting for respect and I’m fighting for honor,” said Jackson. “I’m not worried about Machida or his kicks or his punches. I’m not worried about it. Probably gotta take a few punches to give some punches and I like that. I don’t mind getting punched.”
Jackson has derided Machida for his elusive, countering fighting style and promised not to get sucked into “The Dragon’s” game Saturday night.
“I’m gonna fight my fight, I’m not fighting his fight. At all. I’m fighting my fight. I just hope Machida comes to fight and considers the fans, and put on an exciting fight. I don’t care what Machida says… I’m gonna do my talking in the cage.”
Jackson will take on Machida in the main event of UFC 123 which will be going down at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Their fight will be supported by a co-main event between former UFC Welterweight Champions BJ Penn and Matt Hughes.