Though they can’t agree on who started the whole thing, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will both tell you about the respect issues they have with the other.
Jackson insists that Jones put the chip on his shoulder from day one of the build-up to their UFC 135 title fight with a cocky attitude. Jackson said on today’s media conference call (props to MMAFighting.com’s Ben Fowlkes for all quotes) that the bottom line is Jones hasn’t done enough to earn his respect by word or by deed.
“The guy has never walked the way I’ve walked in this sport, and basically the guy just said the wrong [expletive] and I treat him the way I treat him because I got no respect for him,” said Rampage.
For his part, the champion said that he is seeing what he’s used to seeing from Rampage and that he will remain focused on the fight, not the talk, until they meet in the cage this Saturday, when he plans to take his respect.
“My job is not to out-talk him,” Jones said. “You’re talking about an opponent who threatens and harasses literally every opponent in his career’s history, and I’m very aware of this. So I’ll let him talk and have fun and make me look like the scared one, but when I’m in the Octagon on the 24th, that’s when I’ll demand more respect.”
UFC 135: Jones vs. Jackson goes down on September 24 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Don’t forget to visit FightLine.com on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.