Quinton "Rampage" Jackson tried his best to pull off a vintage performance at UFC 144.
But a preexisting knee injury hindered his performance and cost him a valuable win against light heavyweight prospect Ryan Bader.
The loss left Jackson feeling disappointed, and he discussed the extent of the injury in his post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani.
"I got hurt and I couldn't run much, so I had to cut a lot of weight," Jackson said. "A big part of me wanted to pull out of the fight, when I got hurt, but I didn't want to disappoint the Japanese fans."
Jackson was noticeably stockier than usual at the UFC 144 weigh-ins a day before, as he missed the 205-pound weight limit and tipped the scales at 211 lbs. As a result, he was forced to forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse.
Jackson has now dropped back-to-back fights for the first time in his career and is now 9-4 in the UFC.