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“Rampage” Jackson blames weight on injury, says he’ll “slap” Rich Franklin next time he sees him

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson wasn’t in the best of moods following Friday’s weigh-ins for UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. Jackson, who will meet Ryan Bader in the co-main event, missed weight after tipping the scales at 211 pounds.

Bader agreed to the fight at a catchweight, with “Rampage” forking over 20 percent of his purse to “Darth.”

During an interview on Fuel TV’s weigh-in special, Jackson reported suffering an injury during training that kept him from doing his normal workouts. While he wouldn’t go into detail what the injury was, Jackson seemed quite upset.

Earlier in the show, guest analyst Rich Franklin said that missing weight by just a few pounds meant Jackson wasn’t taking the fight serious. Those were fighting words, as far as “Rampage” was concerned.

“Rich Franklin needs to watch his mouth before I smack him the next time I see him,” said Jackson, who reported on Twitter some four hours before the weigh-ins that he was still six pounds over. “He should watch what he says. You don’t question if a fighter is taking a fight seriously or not. I take all my fights seriously. I’m tired of people saying that.”

Jackson (32-9) will be trying to get back on track after a submission loss to Jon Jones in 2011 in a fight for the UFC light heavyweight title. Bader (13-2) is coming off a knockout victory over Jason Brilz.


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