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Old 09-16-2007, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rampage shows he's best in class

pretty cool Rampage story i found courtesy foxsports.com...thought you might enjoy:


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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson proved he is the premier light heavyweight in the world by outpointing Pride champion Dan Henderson at UFC 75 Saturday night. Taking place in front of a packed audience at the O2 Arena in London, the atmosphere provided for an electric night of action.


The feature bout, billed as "Champion vs. Champion," was an intense, strategic fight with both men having their moments. However, it was Jackson's superior boxing skills and underrated ground game that won the day, dropping Henderson twice and almost finishing him in the final seconds of the bout. The gritty Henderson stood his ground and fought back ferociously, applying his own improved standup and considerable wrestling skills. He made life extremely difficult for the defending champion, and was a danger in every round.

Fighting with an injured wrist had no apparent effect on Jackson, as he rained powerful right hands onto Henderson's head and rolled nimbly on the ground.

"My wrist held up OK. I hurt my left knuckle from hitting him upside the head though," he said after the fight. "It's a different type of injury.

"But damn, he got a rock-hard head!"

And it was Henderson's remarkable ability to absorb punishment that kept him in the bout, taking punches that had previously knocked out Chuck Liddell, Kevin Randleman and Marvin Eastman.

"I knew Quinton was good on his feet, hits hard and has good wrestling skills," said the Californian after the fight. "He caught me with some good shots".

Jackson seemed entirely comfortable throughout the bout, making easy transitions from standing to ground.

"A lot of people don't know that I've got jiu-jitsu", Jackson said afterward. "I wanted to tell (referee) John McCarthy, he kept standing us up, and I'm like, but I like to roll."

The fight featured some intense back-and-forth action as the two traded punches from the opening round. Jackson's punches were a little better placed, but Henderson showed some good head movement and defense to thwart some of the powerful blows coming his way. Henderson had some success on the inside with uppercuts and knees, but Jackson was setting the pace and looked the better fighter standing up.

The pace slowed after the first, but included sporadic bursts of intense action when the two exchanged in the middle of the ring, much to the delight of the crowd.

They seemed evenly matched on the floor, with Henderson going for arm locks and Jackson using his jiu-jitsu skills to out-position him on occasion. The smaller Henderson actually managed to outstrike Jackson at the end of the third, landing some thudding punches and an excellent knee from the clinch.

Jackson dumped Henderson onto the seat of his pants in the fourth, catching his opponent with a perfectly executed left hook from range. Henderson recovered well as Jackson leapt on him, almost catching the furious champion in a Kimura as he swung punches. Henderson looked the more gassed of the two, and Jackson stepped it up a level as the round closed.

The fifth saw Jackson coming out hard and fast, but Henderson, as game as always, stood his ground to slug it out as best he could. Henderson mounted a mini comeback in the middle of the round, catching Jackson with some well-placed punches that stunned the champion.

But the relentless Jackson stormed back, rocking his opponent with powerful shots and mauling him from the clinch. An overhand right caught Henderson on the top of the head, dropping him a second time as he lost his equilibrium. Jackson tried desperately to finish the fight as the round closed, smashing punches through Henderson's guard and coming close to ending it. Henderson survived, but it was clear who had won the fight.

"I think the rules may have affected me a little," said Henderson, used to fighting in the Pride Fighting organization. "There were some times when I wanted to throw knees on the floor, and it took me off my game a bit."

But he was under no doubt as to who had won.

"He fought a good fight. I let him control me more than I wanted," he said.
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does anyone else think that Rampage is a beast and could beat anyone including Shogun in the LHW division right now??? i am definitely on this guys bandwagon right now..he has been really impressive lately.
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Does anyone else think that Rampage is a beast and could beat anyone including Shogun in the LHW division right now??? i am definitely on this guys bandwagon right now..he has been really impressive lately.

i think he is different then when he fought in pride, and i think he can beat any LHW right now. shogun would be tough though
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He has always been a great fighter but since he changed from training with nobodys to training with world class fighters he has got better and better, this fight with Hendo really proved that.

Hope he fights Wandy soon so he can get revenge.
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"A lot of people don't know that I've got JIU-JITSU"

LOL, Rampage is a cool dude, id love to see rampage add some body kicks and high kicks to his striking and finishing a fight with an arm-bar
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Recently Rampage has looked very impressive, but I think Shogun will give him a good run for his money. Don't forget that Rampage isn't the only one who improved since the last time these two fought. Shogun vs Rampage II would be really great to see.
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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if rampage started using submissions, i would jizz in my pants
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I suppose he could beat Wanderlei or Shogun but I'd still bet on them over Rampage.
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I think he would beat wandy but shogun would be tough...
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ehhh ill believe it when i see it happen until then ii dont think so
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