Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson has claimed that his first round TKO loss to Fedor Emelianenko has served as a ‘wake up’ call that he needs to focus on losing weight if he wants to avoid his career ending on a bad note.
“I wasn’t impressed with my performance (in my GSP voice) because I have to lose a lot of weight and finish my career strong,” Rampage said on Instagram. “Coach Cal from the training lab fixed my medical condition, the only problem was i met him too late,” he wrote. “I won’t fight again until I’m walking around weight is at least 230lbs. My goal is to go back to 205. Believe it or not I lost 20lbs for the fight ♂️ but it wasn’t enough because I’m not a true heavyweight. I want to make my day one fans proud to ride with me again. it sucks to lose,but this fight was a wake up call.”
In a follow-up post the 41-year-old former UFC light-heavyweight champion, who tipped the scales at 265lbs for his latest fight, continued to vow to keep fighting and get back to winning ways.
“Much love to my team and family and sponsors,defeat is a hard pill to swallow… but it’s part of the job. Hate letting my people and fans down,maybe this won’t be my last loss but it will be the last time i defeat myself. I’m gonna Document my weight loss Journey,if you feel uncomfortable with your weight do it with me. Tag me in your posts of you working out and eating clean. Love you all @hansmolenkamp @tikighosn @pauloghitmanherrera @bobbythecoach @its_kalani_brah @2dumb2die @hansmolenkamp @monsterenergy @cbdmd.usa @qualityenvironmentalinc @hansmolenkamp.”
In total ‘Rampage’ has now lost three of his last four fights at heavyweight, with his other defeats coming against Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal and Chael Sonnen, while his solitary win was against Wanderlei Silva.