Missing weight seemed very odd for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and now the former UFC light heavyweight champion has revealed that he suffered a knee injury in training that was aggravated in his loss to Ryan Bader Saturday night at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.
“I almost didn’t make it to the fight, but I didn’t want to pull out for the Japanese fans,” Jackson said. “I injured my knee pretty bad, and my doctor told me not to fight. But it wasn’t real serious. I didn’t need surgery or nothing, but he told me it wasn’t a good idea to fight.”
Jackson, who said he has been working with a strong wrestler in practice named Tyson Jeffries to develop his ground game, said he wants to continue to fight for several more years now. Earlier, Jackson had said he was leaning towards retirement in the coming months.
“I was just happy to make it here and try and put on a show for the Japanese fans,” Jackson said. “I was sparring really good (prior to the injury), and I was looking like a superstar, then I hurt my knee. I know what I can do if I come in 100 percent.”
Bader dominated Jackson, repeatedly taking him down during the three-round fight. For Jackson, the loss was a second straight following a submission defeat at the hands of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones last fall.