Former light-heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, was getting ready to take on Glover Teixeira at UFC 153, but an injury forced him to pull out of the fight.
Like many MMA fans, Jackson, watched Jon Jones successfully defend his light-heavyweight title against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152, and he didn’t seem impressed with what he saw from “Bones.”
“Vitor took the fight on short notice, and this is how you respect him, by kicking his knee backwards and stuff like that?” Jackson said during an appearance on ‘The MMA Hour.’ “He’s supposed to be a man of God. You can injure somebody, you can sever their career. You can mess people up for life kicking their knee back like that and he does it repeatedly, over and over. To me that has no honor. I take a lot of honor in fighting. He has no honor. … He’s fake. I don’t agree with his fighting style. I think I could beat Jon Jones. I know I can beat him. Jon Jones is the type of guy you have to fight twice.”
Jackson currently has one fight left in his current contract, and he severed his relationship with the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s president Dana White after his UFC 144 loss to Ryan Bader. He didn’t do much during his UFC 135 encounter against Jones — who tapped him out in the fourth round — and the chances of “Rampage” getting a second shot at “Bones” are slim to none.
I do agree with Jackson’s point that Jones’ trademark side-kick to the thighs can be potentially dangerous (a perfectly executed low-kick can be just as harmful), but they are allowed within the unified rules of MMA.
Jackson is obviously still sour about the vicious beating he received at the hands on Jones, and his claim that “Bones” doesn’t fight with honor is ridiculous. Right now, linear kicks to the knees are allowed according to the unified rules of MMA (they have been banned by the California State Athletic Commission), and Jones is simply playing within the rules.
Mike Chiappetta, “Rampage Jackson Talks Final UFC Fight, Free Agency, Fame, Jon Jones And More”
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