“Rampage” Jackson cites poor timing, weight for UFC 128 title-fight decline

By Steven Marrocco

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson wants to be well-prepared when he fights Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and taking a fight with the UFC light-heavyweight champion on short notice runs contrary to that plan.

Jackson today responded to Rua’s revelation that “Rampage” turned down a title shot that subsequently was given to Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 126. The title-fight slot opened when Rashad Evans recently went down with a knee injury.

“I don’t care who the opponent is,” Jackson said in an exclusive interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I’m not taking a fight on four weeks’ notice.”

The former UFC champion said he informed UFC president Dana White of his decision while attending this past weekend’s pay-per-view event.

A UFC official confirmed that turn of events to MMAjunkie.com earlier today but declined to comment. Rua, though, told Tatame.com that he didn’t know why Jackson declined.

“It’s not enough time to get ready for a five-round fight,” Jackson said. “Dana knows that. And ‘Shogun,’ he’s a fighter, and he should know that. He shouldn’t even go and say [expletive] like that with him being a fighter. He saw me at the fight this weekend. Everybody saw how big I am.”

 

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