Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s (32-10) loss to Ryan Bader (14-3) could be blamed due to a pre-fight injury, according to the former UFC light heavyweight champion. At UFC 144, Bader left Japan with a decision win, but now Jackson says he injured his knee and was unable to pull from the fight due to the card lacking big enough names. The main event from that card saw Benson Henderson defeat Frankie Edgar for the lightweight title.
“Dana [White] said my head wasn’t into the fight and he talked some s— about me even though he knew I had the injury,” said Jackson. “They’d helped me with the injury. That was the last straw for me.”
Jackson competed in PRIDE for five years, growing a fanbase that saw him win the 2003 middleweight grand prix. In his second UFC appearance, he won their light heavyweight title and is 7-4 for the promotion. He is currently on a two fight losing streak that includes Jon Jones (17-1) and Bader.
With one fight left on his contract, Jackson meets Glover Teixeira (19-2) after an injury caused their original meeting to be bumped from UFC 153. Jackson has gone public that he will not resign with the UFC.
Jackson vs. Teixeira takes place at UFC on FOX 6 on January 26. They are the co-main event from the United Center in Chicago, IL.