Rampage : Prefight flu almost caused bout cancellation

by Mike Whitman | source: sherdog.com

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had a serious problem before his fight.

“Man, I was horse as hell. I couldn't even get my howl out the way I wanted to. It was rough.”

“I’m just happy I made it to the fight. The fight was almost canceled a couple of days ago. I caught a fever from my son, and I was throwing up, and then I had to cut the weight. But I didn't want to let my fans down. We don't always see eye-to-eye, but [UFC president Dana White] has always been there for me. I just couldn't tell Dana that I was pulling out of this fight. He probably would have cussed me the f*** out.”

“I just recently went to Japan on the 'The A-Team' tour. One of the people interviewing me remembered me from Pride. Back in Pride I used to fight a different style, and he asked me why I didn't fight like that anymore. When I first came to the UFC, I felt like an outsider. In Pride, everybody knew me and loved me. Honestly, I make more money now than I did in Pride. I think I kind of got greedy, so I wanted to come out with that old spirit. I almost slammed Machida, so I think it kind of worked.”

“I just had a one track mind trying to knock him out. It was really tough to stay on my game plan. I was focusing on cutting off the cage and staying close to him, but he's really elusive and very tricky. It's different fighting Machida than [it is to watch him fight]. I remember trying to punch him, and he was already over on my other side. I got more respect for his style, because I wish I could move a little better like that. I wouldn't want to watch it, but I have more respect for it.”

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ganther site profile image  

11/21/10 11:55 AM by ganther

LOL @ this and Dokkalfar!

Dokkalfar site profile image  

11/21/10 11:42 AM by Dokkalfar

Pride never die...

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

11/21/10 11:37 AM by ranier wolfcastle

 thats gotta suck, especially when u lose.

dorf site profile image  

11/21/10 8:54 AM by dorf


Steve4192 site profile image  

11/21/10 8:53 AM by Steve4192

Horse as hell?C'mon Sherdog.

spliff site profile image  

11/21/10 7:35 AM by spliff

didnt he say he almost pulled out of the Rashad fight too because of a knee injury..