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Pick any piece of media leading up to Saturday’s UFC 114 and you’ll find Quinton Jackson swearing up and down he was prepared for Rashad Evans. “Best shape of my life,” he told training partners. (And, conveniently, television cameras.) The movie-set-fed flab he showed up wearing for training camp had melted off; he was properly irritated at Evans; he was arguably the harder puncher and more violent fighter. If you gave it only passing thought, he might have convinced you that a 14-month layoff and months out of shape wouldn’t matter.

Of course it does. Of course it did.

Jackson had his moments in the fight -- particularly a third-round rally where he knocked Evans down -- but lacked the fuel to follow up. Evans darted in and out of danger, used his strikes to set up his takedowns and generally looked like a fit athlete who had his head on right.

Jackson’s biggest issue was one that afflicts a portion of fighters, and that’s the belief that fighting has an offseason. It’s okay to indulge in artery-collapsing food and playtime because they can snap back into shape so quickly. But does anyone stop to think about what even a few months of carrying around an extra 30 lbs. does to your joints, your heart and your work ethic?

Jackson is already pointing the finger at his movie commitments: pressure from the studio to remain uninjured, shooting taking away from training time, and the distractions of new celebrity. But no one told him part of his obligation to acting would be to remain sedentary, or become so unplugged from his first career that he announced his retirement. Randy Couture shoots films and still looks impossibly capable in the ring. (I’ve also never seen him walk around at 250 lbs. That helps.)

Fighting as a part-time investment, both physically and emotionally, is a recipe for disaster, and nowhere is that on more grueling display than in the UFC. There are no “warm-up” fights to coddle fighters coming off a layoff, injury-induced or not. Virtually every fighter in the organization is a stone-cold mercenary who would rip your head off if it meant more sponsorship deals and a title shot. Clocking in for half-days could work in Japan, where you can alternate legitimate fights with circus tours; in the States, it’s suicide.

Jackson has a big choice in front of him. While common sense offers that he has a lifetime to act and only a few years to be a competitive athlete, the irony of Hollywood is that they may only be interested while he’s a UFC commodity. That means possibly bagging a career in acting for the highly uneven promise of pursuing success in an increasingly competitive UFC field at the age of 32, with 10 years already logged on the circuit. Jackson’s UFC deal is lucrative, but dropping another fight or two could put him in serious danger of getting clipped.

The ideal would be to take film offers when they come and not allow yourself to soften up between fights. But you’re still facing athletes who have no such distractions.

Athletes want to be musicians; actors want to be athletes. No one ever seems completely satisfied with their lot in life. But Jackson may have proved that actors can’t be fighters.

http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Fighting-A-Very-Bad-Hobby-24820
 

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rampage looked good... rashad barely beat him and almost got ktfo.... after that amazing training camp rashad had, im surprised he couldnt do anymore damage. honestly if rashad didnt come back round 3 to hurt page, i would of gave the fight to rampage
 

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rampage looked good... rashad barely beat him and almost got ktfo.... after that amazing training camp rashad had, im surprised he couldnt do anymore damage. honestly if rashad didnt come back round 3 to hurt page, i would of gave the fight to rampage
You obviously saw a different fight than the rest of us then..
 

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rampage looked good... rashad barely beat him and almost got ktfo.... after that amazing training camp rashad had, im surprised he couldnt do anymore damage. honestly if rashad didnt come back round 3 to hurt page, i would of gave the fight to rampage
Are you ignoring the fact that Rampage did absolutely nothing for 2 rounds while Rashad landed strikes, jumped out of range and worked for the takedown while completely controlling the pace of the fight? Rampage looked terrible until Rashad got caught.
 

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Rampage doing a movie had nothing to do with losing this fight.

Rashad is simply a better and much smarter fighter at this point in time.

Now if Rampage actually remembered he was once a good wrestler, then Rashad might have been in trouble.

Rampage's problem is that he has let himself become a one dimensional fighter. And in todays MMA being a good boxer will only take you so far. Rampage will never beat a top 5 LHW again unless he starts to change his fighting style.
 

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Anyone who has seen Mirco Cro Cop's movie deserves a rep for enduring the pain.

I don't know what happened in his movie. He ran into random thugs during a walk in the park or something and decided it was a good idea to arm bar & leg lock them :confused02:
 

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lol, Rampage looked bad out there. I think Rampage is done. He is more interested in making movies. He is probably going to make more money this year than he ever did in his MMA career, and that covers a lot of ground. Guy has to feed his family.
 

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rampage looked good... rashad barely beat him and almost got ktfo.... after that amazing training camp rashad had, im surprised he couldnt do anymore damage. honestly if rashad didnt come back round 3 to hurt page, i would of gave the fight to rampage
I wouldn't say that. I think that when rampage landed that flurry on rashad it was definitley enough to tie the fight at that point, if rashad hadn't come back near the end of the round.
 
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