UFC 144 co-main event star Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson missing weight for his fight with Ryan Bader was the big talking point of last night’s weigh-ins in Japan.
‘Rampage’ tipped the scales at 211lbs, 5lbs over the limit for the contest, but the fight will still go ahead with the fighter giving up 20% of his purse to Bader.
Afterwards Jackson appeared on Fuel TV’s post-weigh-ins coverage live to explain the reason he had missed weight by such a large margin.
“I wasn’t going to say anything, I thought I was going to make weight,” Rampage said. “I got injured in my camp and it kind of hindered me from doing a lot running. I didn’t want to miss this fight, this fight was important to me and I fought so hard to get it so I said, ‘Forget it, I’m just going to man up and still make the fight.’
“I kept training in other ways, but I just couldn’t get the road work in. Then, I healed up and starting getting road work in but it was a little bit too late. I started cutting weight, but I had a lot of weight to cut. I cut 21 pounds, I just couldn’t get the last six. It’s kind of difficult, you got to weigh-in earlier and I kind of underestimated the time. I woke up at three o’clock this morning to cut weight. I cut everything I had.”
The first sign that ‘Rampage’ may have been having a problem getting down to the light-heavyweight limit actually emerged in Dana White’s latest video blog when he asked the fighter prior to Wednesday’s pre-fight presser how his weight was doing and was told with a chuckle, “you don’t wanna know.”
While Bader is now heading into this fight with a slight weight disadvantage this news tilts the fight more in his favor as a tough weight cut and lack of conditioning together with a still healing leg injury could all have a negative impact on his opponent’s performance this evening.
Meanwhile, an unexpected beef emerged between ‘Rampage’ and Rich Franklin also emerged during the aftermath of the weigh-ins.
Franklin, who was providing analysis on Fuel TV, had noted that Jackson’s weight problems could have been down to either not taking the fight seriously or a problem in his training camp.
‘Rampage’ was informed of that statement by a friend and didn’t take kindly to it.
“Rich Franklin needs to watch his mouth before I smack him the next time I see him,” an angry Jackson stated on Fuel TV. “He’s a fighter just like I’m a fighter, he should watch what he say. You don’t question whether a fighter is taking a fight seriously or not. I take all my fights seriously.”
Coincidentally Franklin just happens to be a light-heavyweight fighter these days and once he returns from an injury problem of his own that could now be a fight the UFC would be interested in booking.