On a recent episode of UFC Tonight the program asked viewers to pick the UFC’s most talented trash-talker. When the results came in light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at the top of the list by a wide margin. However, during the build towards his bout against Ryan Bader at UFC 144 the typically outspoken Jackson has remained rather quiet in regards to his opponent.
The 33-year old Jackson explained why in a recent conference call with media, stating he has no hard feelings pertaining to Bader as he seemingly did against adversaries like Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, and Wanderlei Silva. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll treat him with any more respect than he would he worst enemy once the two get inside the Octagon.
“Honestly, I got nothing against Ryan Bader. He’s a cool guy. He never talked trash against me. When I fight guys like this, it’s never nothing personal. Most times anyway,” said Jackson. “But I’m just going out there like a guy putting on a great show for the fans. I’ve got nothing against Ryan Bader at all. I’m still going to try to knock his head off. But there ain’t going to be no hard feelings about it.”
While there’s no personal issue between Jackson and Bader the bout is as important to “Rampage” as any he’s ever fought in before based on it marking a return to his PRIDE stomping grounds.
“It’s very important to be personally,” replied Jackson on what the fight means to him. “My kids are from Japan, my kids’ grandparents are from there. They’ve never really watched me fight back in the day, and I’ve got a lot of experience in Japan. I really miss the fans; I’m not going to lie. I really miss fighting there, so it was something personal for me, so my two younger kids can come watch me fight and the in-laws can be in the crowd and watch me fight. I never had that before, so it is something that I want to do.”
See how Jackson fares when things fire up Saturday night on PPV at 10:00 PM EST. Other featured fights on the main card include Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields and Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar.
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