Former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton Jackson is quickly getting sick of the antics of Chael Sonnen. Jackson has always been direct when questions are asked of him, and now that everyone and their brother knows his next bout will almost certainly be his last fight in the promotion, he is somehow being more straightforward. In the wake of Sonnen moving up to the light heavyweight division and skipping to the front of the contendership line despite no success to back it up, Jackson has had enough.
“His mouth gets his him fights,” Jackson said on Inside MMA. “The dude is exciting for like two minutes, but then you just wanna turn down the volume, like, ‘What the hell you talkin’ about?’”
“He sounds like he practices his stuff in the mirror, and then he goes out and says it,” Jackson quipped.
As for Jackson’s thoughts of Sonnen inside the Octagon, “Rampage” was tight-lipped with any compliments to say the least, stating, “He’s a great wrestler. That’s all I’m gonna say, ‘cuz everything else sucks. He can’t punch hard. Look what he did to Anderson Silva. He did a great job holding him down, making a boring fighter out of a decorated champion, for five rounds. After the fight, I see that Anderson Silva didn’t have a mark on him. Not a mark.”
Jackson has never shied away from smack-talking in his career, and fans shouldn’t expect him to stop doing it, but he feels Sonnen takes it too far.
“I talk trash, but I talk trash about people I’m actually gonna fight…people in my weight class. This guy, he talks trash about ring girls. He talks trash about the President. Now, that’s a little bit too much. He’s very disrespectful. I don’t like the guy. For real,” he concluded. “The stuff he says about me. I like to joke around as much as anybody, but, for real, if I see Chael Sonnen, and he says anything to my face, I don’t know if I’m gonna smack him or not. I don’t know. I don’t like the guy.”
With one fight on his contract left, all signs point to Jackson fighting Glover Teixeira to finish off the deal, as both have publicly said they would take the fight. “Rampage” is looking to rebound from his first losing streak of his UFC career and is anxious to put his February loss to Ryan Bader behind him.
“Losing to a guy like Ryan Bader has lit a fire under my ass. I’m getting back in the gym and working on my new skills. My main focus is to destroy Glover Teixeira. It’s the last fight on my contract, and I’m gonna destroy Glover, then I’m gonna put my deuces up,” Jackson said. “There’s no love lost with the UFC. They’re a great company. They’re doing great things for the sport, but I just don’t think they’re doing great things for me.”
“Glover’s a tough guy. I like his fighting style. He’s a jiu jitsu guy, but he throws it. I respect fighters like him. I think the UFC and MMA needs more fighters like him. Fighters like Chael Sonnen are just ruining the sport, taking people down and just humping on them,” Jackson added, showing no ill will towards Teixeira. “Fighters like Glover can save MMA.”
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