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Rampage Jackson Breaks the Tension During Jon Jones Staredown [GIF]


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After a pleasant afternoon of trash talk at today’s UFC 135 press conference in Denver, headliners Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson got in each other’s faces for their first officially-sanctioned staredown. Jones was clearly trying to do that thing where he looks off to the side like his opponent isn’t even in the room. Rampage responded by turning his back to Jones and pointing at nobody in particular, politican-style. Round one goes to Rampage?

After the jump, some highlights from their verbal exchanges at the press conference, via MMAMania and MMAFighting

Quinton Jackson: “You know he [wants to take the fight to the ground]. Come on, man. Who been standing up with me? Who been doing mixed martial arts with me? Everybody been wrestlin’ with me. You already know.”

Jon Jones: “I think I displayed pretty good kickboxing against Mauricio ‘Shogun.’ ‘Shogun’ is one who will throw knees and elbows and actually throw high kicks. Rampage is like fighting a boxer in my opinion. If he thinks that I’m intimidated to stand by him then I think it’s great for me that he’s under that impression.”

Quinton Jackson: “I just have to say, straight up, I respect you dog, I do think you’re the future of MMA, keepin’ it real but you fought ‘Shogun’ when he was rusty as hell. He was off an injury, hadn’t fought for a year, like two knee surgeries.”

Jon Jones: “There will always be excuses. There will always be excuses. I’m sure after our fight I’ll hear, ‘you didn’t fight the Pride Rampage, you fought the movie star Rampage.’ There will always be excuses.”

Quinton Jackson: “You’re right, there’s always excuses. There’s a hundred of them. I’ve got like three excuses for every time I’ve lost. I’ve got a bunch of ‘em (laughs).”

Jon Jones: “You thinking of anything good now?”

Quinton Jackson: “I ain’t gonna need no excuses after this fight. I ain’t going to need not one. You’re gonna need a bunch of ‘em.”

Quinton Jackson: You know, if I have to represent the old school, I guess I’ll represent them. You put me in that category. I was younger than [Jones] when I started. I was 21, 22 fighting Wanderlei [Silva] and stuff like that. I guess I’m old school, but with old school comes a lot of experience. He’s the youngest champion, but I think he’s the least experienced champion in UFC history. All that other stuff don’t matter to me. I just come to fight and get my belt back. That’s the only thing I care about. I got tunnel vision. I don’t care about nothing else.”

Jon Jones: “I think Brock Lesnar might have been the least experienced champion. Fighting Rampage is an honor. He’s been around a long time. I’ve been watching him since high school or college. I respect his character and what he does for the sport. It’s an opportunity for me to elevate. When you beat people who accomplish so much, you take a little bit of their thunder and accolades. That’s what I did with Shogun, and that what I’d like to do with Rampage.”

Quinton Jackson: “Him and Rashad got something in common. They’re both really cocky. I’m confident, very confident in myself. There’s a difference. Last time I was this confident, I knocked someone [Chuck Liddell] out in the first round and got that belt. I’ve been working hard, training and doing all the right things, all the stuff I need to be doing. That belt’s coming back to me, for real.”

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BaghdadBob- July 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Rampage just took a huge jump up in my estimation. Rampage knows Jones takes himself too seriously and he just cut him to the quick.
XENOPHON- July 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm
He lost his belt July 5th, 2008. 36 months later his "black on black violence" talk has tapered to a dribble, now we hear about having only having multiple excuses. For all you Quinton lovers...what happens to Rampage if he does not win?
dthrckt- July 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm
dana helped him out a little but it just made him seem more pathetic
http://www.americanbankingnews.com/2011/07/20/jones-jackson-stare-down-at-the-ufc-press-conference/
jfjjfjff- July 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm
is there video of this? i want to hear the laughing.
IronClad- July 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm
obviously round one stair down goes to Rampage. That was not only funny but Jones looked like suuuch a tool bag trying to recover from that awkward side stair. With that said, Jones will murder rampage.
Dana_Plight- July 20, 2011 at 5:52 am
Jones wins the fight, Rampage wins my heart, and Brittney Palmer wins my balls.
Me likey- July 20, 2011 at 5:36 am
i have no respect left for jones. i think he kinda ducked rashad and after the whole belt signing thing i just plain don't like him anymore. page isn't my favorite either. going on a redbull inspired grand theft auto rant isn't exactly respectful.
UFC-FORUMS.COM- July 20, 2011 at 1:02 am
Bones makes Rampage look small.

http://www.mma-tube.net
Crazy Croat- July 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm
nice goin' rampage ! i hate that idiotic jones' staredown - he's not even looking at the guy ffs
echoxer0- July 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm
dainokills -

respect.
Todd M- July 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm
Redping, Agreed. Allthough I thinks Jones is going to win, the fact his chin has not been tested, because no one can reach it, is definately a factor in Jones's future fights. That said it's hard to fault the guy for avoiding punishment. If Rampage can close the distance we could see an upset.
jyveturkey- July 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm
dunno how i feel about this can't look my opponent in the eye shit. bitch made if you ask me.

fuckin beat it jivetofurkey!
dthrckt- July 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm
yeah...this isn't pro wrestling
but...
it IS more fun to watch someone you don't like get beat down

that stare down move was enough to make me root for him, but he won't be as funny, for at least a few minutes, after the mat nap he's going to take this weekend...

my captcha says "eat the rich"
Mofo- July 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm
Ok first this is a fucking sport, not a high school popularity contest. Who gives a hoot if you find Jones rubs you the wrong way? It's not like he's Matt Hughes.

Yes I said hoot, I'm trying not to swear too much these fuckin days.

And Rampage is a cool sonavabitch but he's also a dick, just watch every single time he's around Helwani, he acts like a mongoloid 3rd grade bully. He said he's "alpha" and when Helwani said "I guess I'm just beta", he had no idea why that skinny-head fool made the unrecognizable sound "bay tah". Is it tiiiime for my muuuush?

So forget their flawed personalities and get a grip: Rampage will do nothing but swing and miss, and Jones will devour him like an ice cream cone in July.
DavidDanielz- July 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm
I agree with most, Jones is pretty awesome but I don't like his character. Rampage on the other hand, I have always liked. His fights in Pride were awesome, win or lose he always gave a great fight. I hope he wins this fight, I hope he has the chance to knock'em out!!!
VANISM- July 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm
I would love to see Rampage win and I will be going for him BUT Jones is a beast and I wouldnt be surprised if he shows, again, that he is the present and future bigtime superstar of MMA.

More over Anderson Silva and GSP.
dranokills- July 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm
echoxer0 Says:

Tue, 07/19/11 - 05:13

dranokills – how is jon bones a cockblock?

everything else you said was right on
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you know like in a room full of hot babes Jones would mean mug ya for every damn one of, hes so full of himself.
dthrckt- July 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm
speed? HA

so you named two of 40....so yeah, not known

listen to yourself - have you got a turtle head pokin out?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nixR6wVa4HY&feature=player_detailpage#t=55s

right...
Redping- July 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm
dthrckt, 'it's not like he's known for one punch knockouts'. I'm not sure if you could name somebody who's known for one punch knockouts, in BOTH hands. wandy with his left, chuck with his right. You should just stop talking and go back to watching Jones vs Stephan Bonnar. Honestly I know Shogun had a lot of rep but i'm really hoping Rampage just runs in and smashes this dudes face off of his shoudlers, he's acting like he's chin's been tested and it has not. This is not the time to get cocky, this is his first test where he has to fight someone who actually has the speed and skill to get inside and hit him
MediumRare- July 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm
+100 Rampage

I'll be cheering for Rampage for the 1st ever in this fight.

Bones = Supreme Douchefuck
echoxer0- July 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm
dranokills - how is jon bones a cockblock?

everything else you said was right on
LoneWolf- July 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm
that was amazing.
via. saku buttspank submission- July 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm
I hope Rampage stops the hype train.We need it.. I need it....Zuffa deserves it..... Luke Thomas would cry his self to death,and Bloody Elbow would only have 3 posts per day.
dranokills- July 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm
HA fucking funny stuff. Jones is such a stuck on himself cunt he can't even see that he is a complete douchebag. I have never liked Jones, and to finally see someone destroy his goofy fucking staredown is just classic gold. I really hope that Rampage puts a big fist up side Jones melon that young man could use a reality check.
It's also great to see his nuthugging fucktard fans are FINALLY seeing what a totally complete cockblocking asshat Jones has been forever, I'm loving to see people backpedal on his balls for a change.
dthrckt- July 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm
everybody's entitled to their opinion - so, you guys that think rampage is going to win, please explain exactly HOW?

He can't take him down, he doesn't kick and he doesn't have the reach to hit him...very many times anyway...and its not like he's known for one punch knock outs.

the only way he wins is crappy decision or Jones shows up sick or injured.

and that's sad, because as much as I love to watch Jones hurt people, I think he's a dbag that needs a beat down.
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