Pride FC veteran and former UFC heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has taken some heat for comments he made to the effect that he is not excited for his upcoming UFC 130 main event bout against Matt Hamill.
Jackson was frank in admitting that having Hamill as an opponent does little to get his blood flowing, but recently explained that some of “The Hammer’s” pre-fight comments have woken him up. Regardless, many were dumbfounded by his words, so his friend and teammate Michael Bisping recently took up for his mate during an appearance on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.
“The guy’s been around as long as anybody,” Bisping said of the often controversial Jackson. “He’s been around the very top level of the sport for a long time, so you know, I’m not saying he’s bored but maybe some of the novelty has worn off a little bit and maybe he’s grown tired of some of the … I mean, of course there’s a lot of fantastic things that come along with being involved as a mixed martial artist, but there’s a few things that are a pain in the a** as well, and maybe some of those are growing on him a little bit.”
Bisping explained that Jackson was simply unmotivated to face someone who is unlikely to strengthen his case for a title shot.
“Hamill, while he is a fantastic fighter and a threat to most people in the light heavyweight division — no way, shape or form knocking Matt Hamill — I know that ‘Rampage’ wanted to get the title back one day, and I don’t think beating Matt Hamill would be a fight that would maybe get him a title shot. So perhaps that’s why he wasn’t so excited,” said “The Count.”
“Rampage” and Hamill will meet on May 28 in the main event of UFC 130, which will go down from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.