‘Rampage’ Jackson unhappy with lackluster return in Bellator 157


Bellator heavyweight ‘Rampage’ Jackson takes an uneventful win in last weekend’s Bellator 157: Dynamite 2.

[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]A[/mks_dropcap] victory inside the cage means everything for an MMA fighter, but for Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, he isn’t thrilled about his triumphant return against Sathoshi Ishii in Bellator last weekend.

“You know me, I’m not happy with my performance if it’s not a super exciting fight. That fight was nothing more than a damn chess match,” said Jackson to Ariel Helwani in an episode of MMA Hour. “I just wish that other fighters share the level of intensity and excitement the fans and I did,” he added.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion had a long lay-off from fighting inside the MMA cage. Prior to this fight, Jackson took on Fabio Maldonado in UFC 186 last April 2015. Jackson won that catchweight bout via unanimous decision.

‘Rampage’ became famous for his brutal KOs in the early days of MMA particularly in the Pride era. Jackson also had his share of thrilling matches against veterans Chuck Lidell, Kevin Randleman, and most notably his rival Wanderlei Silva.

Not taking anything away from his Japanese opponent, ‘Rampage’ Jackson mentioned Ishii “fought a smart fight.” However, he doesn’t respect the way he fought because in Jackson’s eyes, it wasn’t exciting enough for fans to get their money’s worth.

During the interview, Jackson asked Helwani his take on the lackluster main card. Jackson uttered that a lot of people thought the outcome was controversial and he himself admitted he won “by a hair.”

“I thought you looked a little out of shape,” Helwani said, to which Jackson replied that he weighed around 240 pounds in the fight and 280 pounds at the start of the camp. The MMA Hour host also said he had 30-27 on the scorecard in favor of Ishii and the preceding rounds were super close.

When asked about staying at heavyweight or the possibility of jumping into cruiserweight at 225 pounds, ‘Rampage’ said he’s been dealing with a thyroid condition. “I’ve been dealing with this for like a year,” he revealed. According to him, the condition has caused him to gain weight faster. “I’ve been noticing after my fights I’ve just been gaining more weight fast, I didn’t know what was going on.”

If he ever goes back at 205 pounds, he replied, “I think I’ve gotta change my lifestyle, change the way I eat and stuff like that, then maybe I can make 205.”

Photo via sportsinteraction.com

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