Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has never been one to keep his emotions inside.
No, Jackson, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, makes sure that if you upset him, you will know about it.
In a video he posted on YouTube, Jackson makes it obvious that any talk of him not preparing 100 percent for his UFC 135 title fight with Jon Jones is rubbish.
“I just want all my fans to know, don’t worry about a thing. I got this,” Jackson said during the clip. I’m training hard. This is the hardest I’ve trained in a long time. I’m taking it very, very serious. Don’t worry about things people are saying out there.
“Y’all are going to see the best ‘Rampage’ you’ve seen in a long time. I’m going to deliver on that.”
As evident of that statement, Jackson has moved his training camp from England to Denver to prepare better for the change in elevation.
Instead of preparing at the Wolf’s Lair gym, he is now in a 30,000-square-foot Muscle Pharm Training Facility that also operates as his home.
“I’m up here in the Muscle Pharm training facility in Denver,” Jackson said. “I’m stay at the gym. This is like roughing it for me, but I’m doing it. I want that belt back. That belt will be mine. It will be. I see it already. I’m very confident.”
Jackson knows what Jones brings to the table, but doesn’t seem all that concerned with the rising star.
“Jon Jones is a good fighter, man, but the toughest person he ever fought (is) Vladimir Matushenko,” Jackson said. “But I could tell Vladimir wasn’t on his game that day. And ‘Shogun’ (Rua). Come on, Shogun just (came off of) a long injury, (hadn’t) fought for a while. That was the same ‘Shogun’ that won the belt, you know what I’m saying? Everybody knows that. If you know fighting you know that.
“This guy has never been tested, never been hit. I ain’t worried about his height, his reach. I ain’t worried about none of that. I ain’t worried about his crazy spinning elbow move, everything. We broke this guy down. It’s going to be a good fight, no matter what.”
Jackson also wanted to make it a point that he only cares about the fans that have always had his back.
“This is for my fans that (have stood) behind me since day one. Y’all the fans I care about.”
UFC 135 takes place September 24 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez are the co-main event of the night.