UFC 144 Results: What We Learned from Rampage Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2012

Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com
Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson returned to Japan after heavily campaigning UFC president, Dana White, for a fight on the UFC 144 fight card.

Rampage couldn't find an answer for Ryan Bader dropping all three rounds to the young prospect. Rampage didn't stick around in the cage after the fight and was visibly upset with his performance in front of what is, in many ways, his home crowd.

What we'll remember about this fight:

Rampage showed flashes of his vintage self, including by slamming Bader on his head, but we could remember this as Rampage's final fight, or at least the where we saw him lose his luster.

What we learned about Rampage Jackson:

Rampage may be done. He hasn't knocked anybody out since Wanderlei Silva in 2008 and since then only has wins over Lyoto Machida, Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine. He has some significant losses in that time, as well, including to champ Jon Jones.

What we learned about Ryan Bader:

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Bader is still improving and can hang with the top of the division. Bader also recovered nicely after the huge slam by Rampage in the second round.

What's next for Rampage:

It really depends on whether Rampage decides to stay in MMA or retire. 

What's next for Bader:

If Forrest Griffin can get past Tito Ortiz, I could see a matchup between the two Ultimate Fighter winners.

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