Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Fully Focused on UFC 114
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson doesn't care what you think about taking time off.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion hasn't fought in the octagon since winning a unanimous decision over "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine at UFC 96 in March of 2009.
The extended break between fights was due, largely in part, to filming the motion picture version of the popular '80s TV show, The A-Team.
Now, back for another run at the 205-pound title, "Rampage" is pit against another former champion in "Suga" Rashad Evans.
If one were to ask him if he has turned all of his focus away from his movie career and back to fighting, the Wolf's Lair fighter would not take too kindly to it.
"I'm very focused," exclaimed Jackson when addressing the press at his open media workout. "I'm tired of people asking me how focused I am 'cause I did a damn movie...I'm tired of those questions."
Whether or not he's tired of hearing about it, one cannot overlook the incredible amount of time between his last fight with Jardine and his upcoming duel with Jardine's teammate, Evans.
Jackson assured everyone within hearing distance that ring-rust will not be a factor in his pending bout, and anyone familiar with his resume should already know not to question it.
"Rampage is a very mental fighter," said Jackson of himself. "You guys should know me better, you know what I'm sayin'? I've been fighting for a while. Boxers have big layoffs and they come to do a good job. My body is...good."
Regardless of time away from the UFC, Jackson looked solid in his media workout showing the power he's made famous over the past decade. Many believe, perhaps, that Evans' speed will be Jackson's undoing.
However, as they say, it just takes one punch.
If "Rampage" is able to successfully land one of his thunderous strikes, it could be a short main event at The MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 29th.
According to Jackson, the power is all still there. His character in The A-Team, BA Baracus, has a line in the upcoming summer blockbuster where he tells someone, "You gonna be unconscious." It's apparent that Jackson is going to take that mentality into the octagon on Saturday night.
Jackson clearly stated that, "the layoff was good," and that his strength and speed are up to par. The true test will come at UFC 114 when "Rampage" goes in for a taste of some "Suga."
Let's not underestimate Evans, however. Everyone knows that too much "Suga" could be bad for you. We'll find out how bad this weekend.
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