Quinton “Rampage” Jackson did not suffer serious injury in his bout with Forrest Griffin at UFC 86, as was initially feared. Instead of waiting until January to get back in action, the former champ was cleared by a doctor to get back in the gym next week, trainer Juanito Ibarra said:
“After the fight, he had a knot the size of a cantaloupe on his shin,” Jackson’s trainer, Juanito Ibarra, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I’ve never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been in the fight game. It was ugly. The next day it went down. Today, there’s no bump at all. The doctor said he’s fine. It’s a deep bone bruise now. He’s totally fine. There’s no damage. All we’re waiting for now is the rematch.”
“Forrest said after the fight he didn’t want to do it again, but he had to, remember? He said that because he felt in his heart he didn’t win that fight. Let the kids heal, and let’s get it on.”
This is good news for the UFC, whose options just got better with so many possible light heavyweight matches at their disposal.
As for Ibarra, he insists he is not going back on his vow to retire if Jackson lost:
“I’m not going anywhere. I don’t go against my word, but look at the video. Did it say I’m retiring from the fight game? No. You know what I’m retiring from? The waterfront. I’ve been a longshoreman for 28 years. I’m retiring from the waterfront.”
Oh, you sly dog. You pulled one over on all of us, Juanito. Don’t we look the fool now?