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Michael Bisping discusses “Rampage” Jackson-Ryan Bader contest

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping has trained with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson for several years so “The Count” has plenty of insider information on the former light heavyweight champion.

Jackson will make his return to Japan this Saturday when he meets Ryan Bader in the co-main event of UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. The show takes place inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan and features seven scraps on PPV including headlining lightweights Frankie Edgar-Benson Henderson.

For Jackson this will not only be a homecoming of sorts but a chance to get back in the win column after being defeated by current title-holder Jon Jones last September. Bisping believes Bader, also a former victim of Jones’, is the perfect opponent for Jackson.

“I’d say so. That’s a very tough fight for Ryan Bader,” said Bisping, in a recent interview with ESPN. “Don’t get me wrong. Bader’s a tough guy and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, he came back from two tough losses impressively.”

“But Rampage is going to be excited to fight in Japan,” Bisping continued. “He’ll be excited to get back to winning ways…that’ll be a good win for Rampage.”

After falling to Jones and Tito Ortiz, Bader defeated Jason Brilz at UFC 139 to get back on track. Prior to the losses he’d won twelve in a row.


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