Quinton “Rampage” Jackson file photo: Sherdog.com

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had a serious problem before his fight.

“Man, I was hoarse as hell. I couldn't even get my howl out the way I wanted to. It was rough.”

Jackson, who defeated Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 123 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit, Mich., on Saturday night, caught an illness from his son prior to the bout. At the post-fight news conference, Jackson claimed he was thankful just to have fought that night.

“I’m just happy I made it to the fight. The fight was almost canceled a couple of days ago. I caught a fever from my son, and I was throwing up, and then I had to cut the weight,” said Jackson. “But I didn't want to let my fans down. We don't always see eye-to-eye, but [UFC president Dana White] has always been there for me. I just couldn't tell Dana that I was pulling out of this fight. He probably would have cussed me the f--k out.”

The former light heavyweight champion barely got by Machida, earning a razor-thin split decision. In fact, after the fight Jackson even raised his opponent's hand, figuratively admitting defeat.

“To be honest, me and Rampage are getting along again, but he pissed me off tonight. I scored that fight for Rampage. He was acting like he lost and was slumping down,” said White. “Machida put on that burst and then took him down, but you don't win a fight by landing four of five punches. Rampage was the aggressor the whole time.”

Jackson, who unified the UFC and Pride 205-pound titles in 2007, entered the arena backed by a soundtrack that hardcore fans know well. As the iconic drums and strings of the Pride Fighting Championships theme poured in over the loudspeaker, Jackson stalked toward the cage with an intense look in his eyes.

“I just recently went to Japan on the 'The A-Team' tour. One of the people interviewing me remembered me from Pride. Back in Pride I used to fight a different style, and he asked me why I didn't fight like that anymore,” said Jackson. “When I first came to the UFC, I felt like an outsider. In Pride, everybody knew me and loved me. Honestly, I make more money now than I did in Pride. I think I kind of got greedy, so I wanted to come out with that old spirit. I almost slammed Machida, so I think it kind of worked.”

Once both men were in the cage, it was a game of cat and mouse. Machida, ever circling, generally avoided the powerful Tennessean, all the while landing kicks to Jackson's legs and ribcage as “Rampage” moved forward unfazed. In round two, Jackson was even more aggressive and connected with a hard uppercut to Machida's jaw. In the final frame, the Brazilian found a home for a hard counter-straight, followed by an ambush of punches before finally ending the sequence with a takedown. After talking a considerable amount of trash regarding his opponent's fighting style, Jackson readily acknowledged Machida's skill following the contest.

“I just had a one track mind trying to knock him out. It was really tough to stay on my game plan. I was focusing on cutting off the cage and staying close to him, but he's really elusive and very tricky,” said Jackson. “It's different fighting Machida than [it is to watch him fight]. I remember trying to punch him, and he was already over on my other side. I got more respect for his style, because I wish I could move a little better like that. I wouldn't want to watch it, but I have more respect for it.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

NOS Energy Drink Breakdown: Zahabi knows how Gustafsson can upset Cormier at UFC 192

  • a day ago

How can Alexander Gustafsson defeat Daniel Cormier, who’s more than a 3-1 favorite, in tonight’s UFC 192 headliner? Firas Zahabi thinks he has the key to the Swede’s upset.Filed under: Featured Video read news >>

UFC Japan opinion: Gegard Mousasi is at a career crossroads following upset loss

  • 4 days ago

Gegard Mousasi's stunning defeat vs. Uriah Hall leaves the former Strikeforce champion at a pivotal point in his career. Where does he go from here? Gegard Mousasi was easily winning his fight agains read news >>

NOS Energy Drink Fight Breakdown: Zahabi knows how Gustafsson can upset Cormier at UFC 192

  • 6 days ago

How can Alexander Gustafsson defeat Daniel Cormier, who’s more than a 3-1 favorite, in Saturday’s UFC 192 headliner? Firas Zahabi thinks he has the key to the Swede’s upset.Filed under: Featured Vide read news >>

MMA Fighter Darrion Caldwell Backflips Off Cage, Lands on Camerawoman

  • 9 days ago

Darrion Caldwell must have felt pretty invincible after his first-round defeat of Shawn Bunch at Bellator 143 on Friday, so what could go wrong when he scaled the cage to do a backflip?Certainly not read news >>

Bellator Dynamite 1 salaries: Tito Ortiz cashes $300,000 in defeat

  • 11 days ago

It still pays to be Tito Ortiz. Despite falling short in his bid for the Bellator light heavyweight title, Ortiz handily led the Bellator: Dynamite 1 salary report, pocketing $300,000 for his main ev read news >>

UFC 191: The Thrill and the Agony Video

  • 21 days ago

Go behind the scenes and experience the thrills of victory and the agony of defeat with all the stars from UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2. read news >>

Brandon Halsey faces Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 144 with opportunity to reclaim his Middleweight belt

  • 25 days ago

The only thing to defeat 'Bull' Brandon Halsey so far in Bellator was a weight cut, but that wound up costing him his Middleweight title. He gets a rare second chance to make a first impression on Oc read news >>