Rampage Jackson has something in store for the "coward" Jon Jones

Former Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will look to dethrone Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 135, discusses his opponent, as well as his training and preparation for the bout. “Rampage” reveals that he’s been training as if every fight was a five-rounder since his 2008 loss to Forrest Griffin and says that he has something “in store” for Jones on September 24th.

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“Quite honestly, the fight with Jon Jones will probably go the same way (as the fight with Matt Hamill). He’ll try to take me down a lot. I don’t see Jon Jones trying to stand and bang with me. Why should he? Jon Jones has already said on Twitter that he thinks I’m trying to bait him into standing with me. He’s a coward. His stand-up is not that good anyway, the only reason why he does as good as he normally does with people is because of his reach. And he probably has a notion that I’m not really afraid of his reach. Basically, I think he probably knows everything I’m training for anyway, so he probably knows what I have in store for his reach. So, he probably wants to take me down just like Matt Hamill. It has the makings to be a real exciting fight, but it also the makings to be a boring fight if Jon Jones decided to fight me on the ground. So, I’m just preparing for everything… It’s time for me to get my belt back and show that I’m still one of the best fighters in the world.”

Further Reading: Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson trade verbal blows via satelite

Photo: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson before his fight against Wanderlei Silva during UFC 92  at the MGM Grand Arena on December 27, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. Francis Specker


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    Keyboard Contender

    September 19, 2011 at 3:31 am

    whatever Rampage ,focus more on training and preparation for Jones than on just thrash talking

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    September 19, 2011 at 3:42 am

    The whole point of doing an interview is for a fighter to give his perspective on things. I’m sure he is focused on training when he’s actually doing it.

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    September 19, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I want to see Rampage throw a high kick. Just once.

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    September 19, 2011 at 4:08 am

    yeah, except Jon Jones is not Matt Hamill.

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    September 19, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Actually, I would say that Rampage’s ‘trash talk’ serves two purposes.

    1. It promotes the fight, which will be soon. I’ll bet that Rampage gets a PPV percentage win or lose–so creating ‘bad blood’ before a bout is a sure fire way to increase PPV buys.

    2. ‘Trash talking’ in this case, also serves as psychological warfare. If Rampage can get Jones off of his mental game–and even manage to insert the tiniest doubt in his mind, then he has succeeded in gaining an advantage. Since Jones is fairly new at high profile bouts, he could be more susceptible to such tactics.

    Rampage knows that if he can keep this fight standing–he might have a chance, but if it goes to the ground, he is in trouble.

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    September 19, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Rampage is gonna have to jump all over Jones very quickly and not let him settle. Jon Jones was a bag of nerves before he thought Shogun, once the fight started and he settled in the nerves went away. If Rampage does win I only see it happening in the first two rounds. Once he gets fatigued he’ll have no chance to close the distance to land anything.

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    September 19, 2011 at 5:10 am

    People forget but Rampage has excellent wrestling. I am calling him to win this. I think he can shrug off Jones’s takedowns and I think he can land that one big shot he needs to set up a finish. IF however Jones gets him to the ground, it is over for him very soon after.

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    September 19, 2011 at 5:30 am

    say whatever you want
    but Hamill beat the sh*t out of jonny bones via DQ

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    September 19, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Rampage did promise a head kick KO at one point…. if his opponent was a midget. I don’t think it’s gonna happen against Jones somehow.

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    September 19, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Rampage will take Jones down. He should at least try. Remember BJ took down Jon and it threw him off. If Rampage somehow can get a take-down in the opening bell he could totally screw with JJ game plan. So i think.

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    September 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Sounds like he’s trying to get in JJ’s head. He knows he’s young, he’s trying to intimidate him. “I think he knows what I’m training for him, so he probably knows what I’ve got in store for his reach.”

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    September 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Heeeeeeee was lookin pretty robotic when shadowboxing just then… that worries me because once his legs started to get chopped at… the fight turns…

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    September 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Rampage via flash triangle

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    September 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    More like ooma-sooma-palahta-plexi-flexi-angle. We all know that Jackson is a closet BJJ wizard.

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    September 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    If all u think Rampage has is some Killer hooks.. you’re in for a surprise… Rampage is a far more technical striker.. especially his boxing which is high level.. Sure he likes to brawl.. but he’s not reckless!! Even though his approach is intimidating… that’s just his presence. His style is very clean and his defense is TIGHT! On top of that he got an iron chin and GREAT wrestling!

    Bones is an amazing wrestler but Rampage TDD/counter-wrestling is very very good. He hasn’t shown much of that wrestling (except for the on point TDD against Matt Hamil) but that does not mean he does not has the skills. Like he said in the interview he likes knocking people out, so if he feels comfortable to box with them he will.. He looks in great shape and he knows what kind of sick shit Bones is capable of. I’m sure he took his training camp very VERY serious and we might see the best Rampage we’ve ever seen. (we better cause i put a SHITLOAD of money on him !!!! :-D )

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    September 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I think you might be right… !

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    September 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Uh, isn’t someone’s reach, and how they use it, an basic element of their stand up?

    Using the same logic, Rampage’s stand up wouldn’t be that good without his strength.

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    September 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Unfortunately eveyone who has talked trash about Jon Jones has ended up receiving a major ass whippin. Not only did they receive an ass whippin but they ended up going to the hospital. It all started with Vera trash talking. He ended up getting eyes surgery. Then Shogun talked a little trash about being disrespected. He really got an old fashion beatdown. Next will be Rampage, he will get the worst one of all. Once Jones developes a rythm, I guarantee, Jackson is going to be beaten like an unwanted step child. I hope he retires after this…He is one of those fighter who hasn’t evolved….

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    September 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Can someone from Jacksons camp please tell your fighter that its not about stand up fighting (which thats all he knows). Calling people cowards is a little far fetched. He should of been calling Evans a coward all day long…He stand with you either but out scored you, took you down, and took the decision.

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    David Saucier

    September 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Rampage is so ****y he needs is going to get a huge piece of humble pie

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    September 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    As good a wrestler that Hamill is, Jones made him look like a grade school kid. For Rampage to make that comparison is just ridiculous.

    We all know that Rampage has a puncher’s chance (at best), whether you admit it or not. Unless Jones falls and knocks himself out this fight will be another clinic just like the Shogun fight.

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    September 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    He always says: this is the hardest I have ever trained.. And depending on the outcome, he might change his story. Don’t get me wrong.. I hope he will whoop JBJ his Cocky ass thinking he is so sophisticated with his “wise words”

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    September 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Rampage’s manipulation is so obvious and will not work. I dont think thi fight will be boring when it will probably end on rd1 by TKO, hellbows to the face.

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    September 20, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Comparing Jones to Hamill is like comparing Bugs Bunny to Godzilla. Rampage calls Jones a coward in hopes that Jones will stand and bang with him because Rampage’s only hope is to get in a lucky punch. Jones is one of the smartest fighters out there, he’ll have something in store for Rampage that won’t only beat him but will embarrass him.

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