UFC 144 Fight Card: Why Rampage Jackson Cannot Be Understimated

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2012

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28:  UFC fighter Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Rashad Evans at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson campaigned to get a fight for UFC 144 in the place that made him famous, Japan.

Rampage got his fight with Ryan Bader, and at yesterday's weigh-ins he weighed in six pounds over. Rampage has denied the notion that he didn't take this fight seriously, but that an injury during his training camp prevented him from losing the necessary weight.

That denial, though, hasn't stopped people from counting out Rampage and saying he will lack the dedication and mental ability to beat Bader in his return to Japan.

Rampage has been a dominant fighter in his career and has knocked out some big names. When you count him out, that is when he comes out and surprises you.

Rampage is facing Bader, somebody who he can definitely beat if he lands a power punch straight on the jawline. If Tito Ortiz can drop Bader, Rampage can.

This return to Japan has also seemingly ignited Rampage to win in front of what is basically his hometown crowd. I don't think Rampage is taking this fight lightly; he is actually doing the opposite.

Rampage has always wanted to return to Japan and fight in front of the crowd that made his career. Throughout the week he has gone on record numerous times about how he wanted to put on a show for the crowd and excite the Japanese faithful.

If he comes out wanting to provide an exciting fight, you know Rampage will swing for the fences, which is one thing that makes Rampage deadly.

This fight has reinvigorated Rampage. Outside of missing weight, Rampage seems to want to get back in there. When you have a motivated Rampage like this one, you can't count him out.


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