Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In the days following his title loss to Forrest Griffin and before his high-speed chase with police in California, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and his camp considered filing a protest to the Nevada State Athletic Commission concerning the scoring during his defeat at UFC 86.
The protest was never made and despite claiming that he “got his ass kicked” during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Jackson is now publicly stating that he beat Griffin. In his recent comments to Fighters Only Magazine, Jackson showed much disdain towards his fellow ‘TUF’ coach.
“I just want my fans to know, I was at my worst and Forrest was at his best - and I still beat him,” Jackson said. “A man is not a man if he can’t ‘fess up to when he gets his ass kicked. See me, if I get my ass kicked I am like ‘yeah, I got my ass kicked’ [After the fight] I was being sarcastic, because I really could not believe that it went the way it did. I’m not a sore loser, shit happens. But I was hoping that Forrest would be a man and come out and say ‘You know what, I didn’t win that fight’, especially after he watched it.”
“After the fight, I said ‘I’ve got to give you a lot of respect, because you hurt my leg and you had a good game plan’,” Jackson continued. “But now, I don’t respect him as a man. Because if it was me, I would have said, ‘I have to give him a rematch right away, to remove all doubt’. I’m a man and when you fight it’s all about honor. I’m not angry at him or anything, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve lost respect for him as a man.”
For some reason, I can’t really remember whether or not Griffin said anything about a rematch after the fight. Then again, it’s not like he had time to since Jackson was arrested three days after the show and was expected to not be fighting anytime soon. Either way, it seems that the UFC doesn’t have plans for an immediate rematch anyway. Jackson is rumored as fighting Wanderlei Silva before the end of the year, and a win over Rashad Evans could land Chuck Liddell a shot at Forrest in December.
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