UFC 144: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson wants to Powerbomb Ryan Bader

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIFebruary 17, 2012

Ramapage Jackson/Sherdog.com
Ramapage Jackson/Sherdog.com

According to MMAmania, ex-Pride combatant and former UFC light heavyweight titlist Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has set his sights on executing a Powerbomb on Ryan Bader at UFC 144, that’s if the latter is “dumb enough to give him the chance.”

I get to fight in Japan for the first time in six years. It's no secret I love Japan. Japan is where I became a MMA fighter, it is where I made a name for myself and learned how to kick ass. The fans there are so respectful, I can't wait to perform for them again. I really, really want a sick knockout for them, and maybe even I'll do my powerbomb if Bader is dumb enough to give me the chance. Some haters have said now that I didn't get my belt back after three years of waiting for my shot, I'm not going to be motivated in my fighting career. That is what my English friends call 'bollocks.' I am very motivated to kick Bader's ass. I was a little pissed off and disappointed that I didn't get my belt back and I was upset with my performance [at UFC 135]. I'm going to take that out on Ryan Bader and - in front of the Japanese fight fans - put on a great fight.

Rampage’s use of the Powerbomb was most evident when he knocked out Ricardo Arona via the aforementioned at Pride Critical Countdown 2004. However, it’s been almost eight years since he’s successfully implemented that move.

In the co-main event at UFC 144 Japan, the fighter-turned-actor will make his return to the Octagon after seeing his tilt at the 205-pound crown come to an end via rear-naked choke, courtesy of current titlist Jon “Bones” Jones.

That said, Rampage (32-9 MMA, 7-3 UFC) does harbor intentions of vying for the title again, if and when the opportunity presents itself.

His opponent Bader (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), whose last outing was a triumphant victory over Jason Brilz at UFC 139, is having a resurgence of sorts, following his two-straight defeats at the hands of Jones and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

UFC 144 is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2012, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.


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