Quinton “Rampage” Jackson speaks on the rematch he was granted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, even after the former champ’s recent verbal attacks on the organization, Joe Silva and the UFC not only granted him his match against a striker, they also gave him the rematch he had been looking for. Rampage warns the PRIDE FC 2005 middleweight grand prix champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua that he’s got something to prove this time around. With no word on exactly when Jackson will undergo his knee surgery, there is no accurate timetable for the long awaited rematch.
Jackson, speaking to MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant, said:
“The first time I fought Shogun I was injured, I dislocated my ankle three weeks into training camp, and I couldn’t run for three weeks, so my cardio was pretty bad and we had 10 minute rounds. So that always haunted me. I love Shogun, he’s a good guy, over the years we’ve seen each other and we’ve conversated and he and his brother Ninja are great guys. Me wanting to rematch Shogun is nothing personal. Shogun coming up, he was the best back then and I knew I could beat him but it’s just unfortunate that I couldn’t get my ankle (healed). I just want to get that fight back. Straight up, when I get my knees back together, I’m training my ass off. I got something to prove to Shogun. I don’t care if I’m just coming off of knee surgery and stuff like that, I’m going to give Shogun a run for his money. Shogun better train pretty hard for this because I know how to train hard. When I was training for Jon Jones, that was the best Rampage ever and that’s why I give Jon Jones his praise because I have never lost a fight being in that type of shape and he beat me quite easily and submitted me.”