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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Says Fight With Lyoto Machida Was Almost Canceled

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated fellow former light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida via split-decision last night in the main event of UFC 123. After the bout, Jackson admitted to being sick and said he had a hard time belting out his trademark howl on the way to the cage.

“Man, I was horse as hell,” Jackson recalled at the evening’s post-fight press conference. “I couldn’t even get my howl out the way I wanted to. It was rough.”

Jackson admitted that the illness was serious enough that he had contemplated pulling out of the fight just days before the event.

“I’m just happy I made it to the fight,” said Jackson. “None of you guys know this, but the fight was almost canceled a couple of days ago. I caught a fever from my son, and I was throwing up and had to cut weight,” said Jackson. “But I didn’t want to let my fans down. We don’t always see eye-to-eye, but [UFC president Dana White] has always been there for me. I just couldn’t tell Dana that I was pulling out of this fight. He probably would have cussed me the f–k out.”

Full full results of last night’s event, click here.