Following his first fight in Japan in exactly six years, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was quick to declare that Saturday was not the last time you will see him in the Octagon.
In his return to Japan, Jackson was unable to get past Ryan Bader, who overpowered the former UFC champion. Jackson, 33, came into the fight with an undisclosed injury. After the fight, he announced it was a knee injury he suffered during training camp that caused him to come into the fight overweight. Weighing in at 211 pounds, Jackson missed weight for the first time in his illustrious career.
The extra weight and lack of conditioning was evident, as Jackson was unable to overcome the strength of Bader. Jackson stated he re-injured the knee during the fight, from a slam by Bader in the second round. The third round went much like the first two, and Bader was awarded the victory by unanimous decision.
But even with the loss, his second in a row, Jackson declared he is not going to retire. He took to his Twitter account, stating “”Just so you guys know I’m not going to retire, I’m gonna heal up then get back on top, thanks to all my fans that are still with me…I fight for you.”
It is not known how long Jackson will be out of action due to the injury and loss, or even how long Jackson will remain in mixed martial arts. Following his loss to Jon Jones in September, Jackson expressed interest in switching to boxing once his current contract with the UFC expires.