“Where I come from, fighters who question my motivation get smacked.” (Video: YouTube/FuelTV)
The good news is that all of tonight’s fighters will throw down as expected, but that doesn’t mean it was smooth sailing for everyone stepping on the scales last night.
Under the guise of laughter, Rampage had refused to disclose his weight in Dana’s second video blog, but as we’ve learned time and time again it’s all fun and games until someone misses weight. Jackson tipped the scales at 211lbs, missing the Light Heavyweight cap by five pounds. In a post-weigh-in interview with Ariel Helwani, Rampage cited an unspecified injury in training camp as the reason he failed to make weight. Despite a doctor’s recommendation to withdraw from the bout, he pushed through camp and managed to cut 21-pounds but was unable to shed the last five.
Though he had no harsh words for his opponent, Ryan Bader, Rampage did take the time to lash out at Rich Franklin. The former Middleweight Champ commentated the proceedings for Fuel TV and questioned Jackson’s professionalism as well as whether or not he’d taken his training camp seriously. Understandably, Rampage, who has proven increasingly impatient with his critics, took umbrage to those assertions. In addition to losing the esteem of some of his colleagues, Jackson will forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent.
Bader talks to Ariel. (Video: YouTube/FuelTV)
Rampage’s apology to Bader (via YouTube/UFC)
Edgar-Henderson face-off (via YouTube/UFC)
Full Weigh-In Results: (via MMAJunkie.com)
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
- Champ Frankie Edgar (154) vs. Ben Henderson (154)
- Ryan Bader (205) vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (211)*
- Cheick Kongo (229) vs. Mark Hunt (264)
- Yoshihiro Akiyama (169) vs. Jake Shields (170)
- Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Yushin Okami (185)
- Hatsu Hioki (145) and Bart Palaszewski (146)
- Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Anthony Pettis (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
- Takanori Gomi (155) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154)
- Vaughan Lee (135) vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (136)
- Steve Cantwell (185) vs. Riki Fukuda (185)
- Chris Cariaso (136) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Issei Tamura (145) vs. Tiequan Zhang (146)