“Rampage” Jackson blames poor timing and weight for UFC 128 title-fight decline

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson explains that why he looks to be very well-prepared if and when he rematches Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the future, the exact reason why he didn’t take the proposed fight with the UFC light-heavyweight champion on just six week notice.

Jackson, speaking via MMAjunkie.com, said:

“I don’t care who the opponent is, I’m not taking a fight on four weeks’ notice.”

“It’s not enough time to get ready for a five-round fight,” Jackson said. “Dana knows that. And ‘Shogun,’ he’s a fighter, and he should know that. He shouldn’t even go and say shit like that with him being a fighter. He saw me at the fight this weekend. Everybody saw how big I am.”

“I’m just doing maintenance training right now. I just started back. I fought right before the holidays, and I went on vacation to see my family and took my kids to see their family in Japan. I’ve been living my life, so I gained a lot of weight. I’m a natural fighter. I don’t do any drugs, and I don’t know any high-performance drugs, so I have a natural body. My body gains weight when I don’t train and I don’t eat like I’m in camp.”

“I’m 250 pounds, and I would have to lose 45 pounds in, what, three or four weeks?” he said. “The first time I fought ‘Shogun,’ I was injured going into that fight, and it’s haunted me all the way up to now. I always believed the second time I fight ‘Shogun’ that I’m going to be close to 100 percent as possible.

“I don’t want to have a rushed camp and have a last-minute fight to fight someone who’s already beaten me. Even if they offered me Forrest (Griffin) or Rashad (Evans) in four weeks, I can’t take that fight because I’m too big.”

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