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Turning down a title shot is something that many fighters believe they would not do, however former Light Heavyweight Champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson did just that. He confirmed the rumors today through his official Twitter account with the following statement:

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“I turned down the fight cause of short notice; I would have to lose 45 pounds in four weeks. You would have to be a fighter to understand, life goes on.”

With the injury to Rashad Evans threatening the title matchup for UFC 128, match making officials opened the option up to Jackson to take the fight, in which he turned down. After that, the matchup was offered to rising star Jon Jones after he had defeated Ryan Bader at UFC 126 this past weekend. Jones immediately jumped on the opportunity.

Once it was released that Jackson had declined to take the fight on short notice, backlash began to flow from different directions; thus provoking the statement from “Rampage” through his Twitter account.

“Rampage” Jackson is set to face Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist Thiago Silva in May at UFC 130.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. JT Says:

    Smart move for Rampage. But could it be due to the fact that Shogun destroyed him the last time they fought?

  2. Tony Thacker Says:

    I agree somewhat, but think that he would turn down any fight right now on short notice. He is walking a very fine line to get back to a title shot and just can’t blow it. If this was the Rampage we saw 10 years ago he would have taken the fight but in his later years he has gotten smart and is picking his battles. Good to see him maturing but I would’ve loved to have seen it!

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