Though Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has a monumental task in front of him in the form of his fight against UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones at UFC 135, the challenge at hand hasn’t prevented the 205-pounder from looking past the September 24 show and towards an event in 2012. In fact, you might even call it a homecoming of sorts.
“I love Japanese fans, they know how to respect a fighter and they know what’s up. Win or lose this fight I would like to be on the Japan show,” the 33-year old explained. “I love Japan (and) I miss the Japanese fans. I would love to go and put a show on in front of them.”
“Rampage” rose to stardom in large part due a number of exciting past performances under the PRIDE banner including wins over Kevin Randleman and Chuck Liddell, as well as a bout against Ricardo Arona featuring one of MMA’s all-time highlights when Jackson put the Brazilian away with a Powerbomb Slam. His run in famed Japanese organization also introduced fans to Jackson’s colorful personality and antics.
The former 205-pound title-holder is one of a number of UFC fighters who have openly expressed their hopes of scrapping in Saitama including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Yoshihiro Akiyama.
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