Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was the UFC light heavyweight champion. He was the guy that unified the UFC and Pride 205-pound titles. Rampage wants to get rid of the was. He doesn’t care that Jon Jones is the “future” of mixed martial arts. He doesn’t care that Jon Jones has the belt around his waist. Rampage just wants that belt back.
He’ll get his chance when the two square off at UFC 135 in Denver on Saturday.
Really, it’s not a matter that he’s fighting Jones… it’s not personal, it’s just a personal goal.
“He happens to be a real tough opponent, that’s why I’ve trained as hard as I’ve trained. I want to win this fight in devastating fashion. I want to blow him out of the water so people who doubted me will go, ‘Who the hell is that in Rampage’s body? I’ve never seen him do that.’ I don’t want to just win the fight, I want them to go, ‘Wow!'”
Check out Rampage’s one-on-one interview with Conner Cordova for MMAWeekly.com. (Warning: there is some strong language and a little bonus clip after the ending bumper… enjoy!)
(UPDATED on Sept. 18, 2011 to reflect that Jackson unified the UFC and Pride championships. He did not in fact hold the Pride title.)