You can call Quinton "Rampage" Jackson a lot of things, but dedicated isn't necessarily one of them. Jackson will you tell you that himself. The former UFC champion has recently had problems staying in shape between fights, living it up when he doesn't have to throw down.
Jackson, though, is simply living his life. After 12 years of fighting, the Memphis, Tennessee native has earned the right to live a little outside of the Octagon.
However, Jackson is working hard right now. He has a match lined up with Matt Hamill on May 28 at UFC 130. Many have speculated that a victory would put Jackson ever so close to that title shot he has been begging for ever since he was upset by Forrest Griffin in 2008.
Jackson will focus on preparing himself as much as he can because he doesn't worry about what other fighters are doing. He doesn't consume himself in his opponent like a Randy Couture, he prefers instead to focus on what he can control: himself.
"I don't really watch his fights that much, so I don't know a whole lot about him," Jackson told MMA Fight Corner presented by FiveKnuckles.com. "I just know he's a wrestler so I'm pretty sure he's gonna try to take me down. I'm just training in all different areas to make sure I finish the fight."
The fight with Hamill has been met with less than stellar fan fare. Jackson was originally slated to face off against fellow banger, Thiago Silva. However, shortly after the bout was announced, Silva found himself in some hot water thanks to his post fight drug test at UFC 125. It was found that his urine sample was inconsistent with human urine. Instead of waiting for the full punishment by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the UFC pulled Silva from the bout with Jackson.
In stepped Hamill as a replacement and despite his current five fight win streak, fans have been quick to acknowledge the big upper hand that Jackson appears to have going into this fight. And they certainly as hyped up for this match up as they were for Jackson's fight with fought rival TUF coach Rashad Evans.
Jackson and Evans stepped into the cage at UFC 114 with some of the most intense hype the UFC has ever seen. Their stints as competing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter led to a season full of trash talk and near fights. Unfortunately, fans know how that fight turned out. Evans controlled Jackson and took home a brutally boring unanimous decision.
But the fireworks didn't stop there.
Evans later made it known that Jackson approached him in a night club and slapped him. Jackson vehemently denies this.
"That's a lie," Jackson said. "I didn't walk up to Rashad at all. I don't never walk up to Rashad. I was in the club, enjoying my own self and he walked up to me. So I slapped him. I don't walk up to Rashad.
"He always get in my face every time he see me. I don't go looking for Rashad."
Jackson entered that fight on a near year long layoff due to the filming of The A-Team. Jackson looked rusty and out of shape during the fight, leading many to question his desire. "Rampage" has campaigned for a rematch and for the most part, fans seem eager to see it come to fruition. Once Silva was yanked out of their fight at UFC 130, many speculated that...