UFC 135 Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson: Can Rampage Turn Back the Clock?

Cody SlovenskyContributor IISeptember 24, 2011

On May 26, 2011, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson defeated Chuck Liddell and became the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Although it has been a roller-coaster ride for Jackson since that time, four years later he has put himself back into position to regain the belt.  The question is: Can Jackson pull this off? 

Since the win, Jackson has posted a record of 5-2, and has won two in a row. Jackson has been in movies, been arrested, but with all of that behind him, he has now trained himself into being the best and hardest working Rampage ever. 

Will Quinton be as determined and as focused as he was four years ago?

Jackson has tasted glory and has been one of the more successful champions in the division over the past couple of years. With all of his drama and movies now behind him, Jackson realizes that this could indeed be his last chance at UFC gold. 

Jackson lives at his gym and is training harder than ever. That being said, hard work is good, but will it be good enough? 

So, to answer the question: Can Rampage turn back the clock? Absolutely. Jones is young, and in all honesty that could cost him in this fight. Experience mixed with the environment will weigh in heavy on Jones. It is uncertain who truly will win this fight, but when it comes down to it, Jackson has a better chance than most are giving him. 

Rampage may be the older fighter, but what better fighter than Jackson to truly humble Jones.