It’s pretty clear heading into the main event of UFC 123 how Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would describe his opponent Lyoto Machida.
Jackson has never shied away from throwing out his opinion about the former light heavyweight champion, and even before the two were scheduled to fight he was never a huge fan of Machida’s style in the cage.
Now that the light heavyweights are set to lock horns this weekend in Detroit, Rampage has made it clear that he’s not going to change his opinion about Machida just because he’s fighting him now.
“Why would it change because I’m matched up with him? Why would I change how I like his fighting style just because I’m matched up with him?” Jackson said recently.
It’s Machida’s “karate point” style that drives Jackson crazy. While he respects the Brazilian for what he’s able to do in the Octagon, that doesn’t mean he’s going to be in the front row leading his cheering section. He also believes that what Machida does in MMA mirrors what happens in the sport of boxing and that’s definitely not what Rampage wants for the sport.
“I’m prepared for a fight. I’d rather fight people who’s going to put on a show like me and stand and bang. I feel like those people are true warriors, the true fighters like the way B.J. Penn fights and Matt (Hughes) fights. I like watching guys like that fight. Other guys I’m not a fan of them at all,” Jackson stated.
“I just feel like I have a fighting spirit, a true warrior spirit. When you step in the octagon, you fight. It’s not like boxing where guys are trying to outpoint each other and go for a decision. We’re MMA fighters, we’re the best athletes in the world. I just hate to see our sport change into boxing where people just not even fighting anymore. I can’t even watch a boxing match anymore.”
Machida’s style has caused problems for past opponents, regardless of how aggressive he’s been in fights. With an 8-1 record in the UFC, Machida has proven just how lethal his attack can be, but Jackson refuses to fear his opponent in any way.
“I’m not worried about anything,” he said. “I trained really hard for this fight in all aspects. The fight’s going to go the way it’s going to go, and I’m not going to worry, I’m just going to fight. Fighting my fight, not worrying about anything that Machida does.”
What Machida does, according to Rampage, is stay away from his opponents and not get hit.
“I’ve watched tapes of him fight. I can’t stay up he’s so boring, I go to sleep,” Rampage told CBS Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson recently. “He stays like eight feet away from his opponent, and he’s got the record for getting punched the least out of all MMA fighters… cause he’s never there for you to punch him.”
Rampage hopes to remedy that statistic when he faces Machida in Detroit at UFC 123.