Quinton “Rampage” Jackson suffered an injury in training camp that hindered his weight cut and hampered his performance against UFC 144 opponent Ryan Bader. Jackson was looking to put on a great show for the Japanese fans for which he carries so much affinity from his Pride days, but eventually lost a unanimous decision to Bader in which he looked slightly lethargic.
With the loss, many assumed Jackson would consider hanging up the gloves, since the former UFC light heavyweight champ has shown waning interest in the fight game over the last couple of years and is nearing the age (35-years-old) where he’s always said he would retire anyway. At the UFC 144 post-fight presser though, Rampage said that retirement is far from his mind and that he actually felt reinvigorated from this training camp.
“No, no,” said Rampage when asked if he were considering retirement. “See, I know I’m getting to the end of my career, because I say I don’t want to fight past thirty-five, but, honestly, before I hurt my knee you guys should have seen how I was training. I’ve got really good sparring partners. I’ve got this really good wrestler named Tyson Jeffries that kicks my butt in wrestling and at the beginning of this camp, I was kicking his butt, I was taking him down and the wrestling got real competitive and that’s how I hurt my knee. He’s one of the best wrestlers I know and I was dealing with him, I was handling him. I was sparring really good and I was looking like a superstar and then I hurt my knee. That made me think, ‘Oh man, I’ve got a long more time to fight.’
“When I got hurt, it was unfortunate, but now, I know what I can do if I come in a hundred percent. I think I’ve got a lot of years (left); I’m ready to put on more shows. I heal up fast, I’m like a werewolf. I wasn’t even supposed to fight here, so I’ll be back really soon.”
UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson went down at the Saitama Super Arena from Saitama, Japan. For results and a full recap from the event, click here.