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LAS VEGAS -- When Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and his strength and conditioning coach Mike Dolce met up in the UK for the start of his official camp, there was plenty of concern in the Wolfslair Gym about Jackson's state of fitness.

Fresh off filming a major role in "The A-Team," Jackson was ready to get back to MMA, but first, his team needed to find out exactly what they were working with, so Dolce put Jackson on the scale. There was exactly eight weeks to go from that day until the fight, and the number that stared back at them -- "251" -- was the highest they'd seen together.

"He looked in bad shape," Dolce said of the pre-camp Rampage. "He didn't look good. He's huge. He's a massive man and has a lot of muscle on him, but he wasn't quite a pro athlete at that stage."

It was bad enough that Jackson himself was upset with his starting weight. It seemed that there was too far to go, and not enough time. But Dolce was not nearly as concerned as the rest of the team. After 10 years in the strength and conditioning business, and in his fourth camp with Jackson, he intuitively understood what needed to be done, and that Jackson was fully invested in the process.

The fact that Jackson was fully motivated by his feud with Rashad Evans was only going to ensure that the transformation was swift and effective.

"This is what I do: I get the best athletes in the world in the best shape of their life," he said. "I know Quinton's body. From my previous camps with him, I know how it responds, the exact types of foods he needs to eat, the training program he'd be on and how dedicated he would be. If he wasn't dedicated it would've been an uphill battle the whole way, but he was so motivated for this fight, he was happy to do every single thing I asked."

Dolce has a very hand's-on approach to his craft. He eats when Jackson eats, sleeps when he sleeps, he trains with him, does the roadwork, the mitt drills, and loses weight right alongside him. It's not uncommon for him to drop 20-25 pounds during a camp as though he's going to be fighting, too.

"Everywhere he goes, I go, so I can feel what he feels," said Dolce, who has also fought professionally for four years and was a contestant on season seven of The Ultimate Fighter. "There's the emotional, the physical and the mental aspect to what we do, and all those three have to be in harmony, and it's my job to make sure all three are balanced and that he's performing at his peak."

With UFC 114 looming, the progress was swift for Jackson. Dolce says that in just four weeks, he went from "Hollywood celebrity to top-of-the-foodchain pro athlete."

As it went along, he could see Jackson's love for the process returning. Though Jackson has long voiced an aversion for training, Dolce says that in this camp, he was always asking to do more. When they were supposed to run at 7 am, Jackson was calling him at 6. If Jackson was unsatisfied with his last round of sparring he'd ask for another. It was a trend that continued all camp long. Every day, Jackson looked better and his performance continued improving.

By week four, he was blowing away expectations, and by week six, Jackson was primed, a champion in mind and body.

"The last two weeks have been crazy," Dolce said. "It's sick what he's been able to do. He's a scary man when he's in this kind of shape."

Forty-eight hours from weigh-ins, Jackson was a svelte 219. There was no sign of the belly that he brought to camp. During his media workout, he exhibited the smooth footwork and heavy striking that made him the first and only man to unify the PRIDE and UFC titles. He was a focused athlete, ready to continue the work that once made him an undisputed champion.

"Quite honestly we had the worst Rampage eight weeks ago, and we're going to have the absolute best Rampage come fight night, which is amazing," Dolce said. "He's having fun and he's in a great place right now, but at the same time, he's an angry, bitter man. He's got that dichotomy of character that a lot of athletes don't have. He has that switch in his head and he's in shape, so Saturday night is going to be a scary night for Rashad Evans."
 

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Mike Chiappetta
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LAS VEGAS -- When Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and his strength and conditioning coach Mike Dolce met up in the UK for the start of his official camp, there was plenty of concern in the Wolfslair Gym about Jackson's state of fitness.

Fresh off filming a major role in "The A-Team," Jackson was ready to get back to MMA, but first, his team needed to find out exactly what they were working with, so Dolce put Jackson on the scale. There was exactly eight weeks to go from that day until the fight, and the number that stared back at them -- "251" -- was the highest they'd seen together.

"He looked in bad shape," Dolce said of the pre-camp Rampage. "He didn't look good. He's huge. He's a massive man and has a lot of muscle on him, but he wasn't quite a pro athlete at that stage."

It was bad enough that Jackson himself was upset with his starting weight. It seemed that there was too far to go, and not enough time. But Dolce was not nearly as concerned as the rest of the team. After 10 years in the strength and conditioning business, and in his fourth camp with Jackson, he intuitively understood what needed to be done, and that Jackson was fully invested in the process.

The fact that Jackson was fully motivated by his feud with Rashad Evans was only going to ensure that the transformation was swift and effective.

"This is what I do: I get the best athletes in the world in the best shape of their life," he said. "I know Quinton's body. From my previous camps with him, I know how it responds, the exact types of foods he needs to eat, the training program he'd be on and how dedicated he would be. If he wasn't dedicated it would've been an uphill battle the whole way, but he was so motivated for this fight, he was happy to do every single thing I asked."

Dolce has a very hand's-on approach to his craft. He eats when Jackson eats, sleeps when he sleeps, he trains with him, does the roadwork, the mitt drills, and loses weight right alongside him. It's not uncommon for him to drop 20-25 pounds during a camp as though he's going to be fighting, too.

"Everywhere he goes, I go, so I can feel what he feels," said Dolce, who has also fought professionally for four years and was a contestant on season seven of The Ultimate Fighter. "There's the emotional, the physical and the mental aspect to what we do, and all those three have to be in harmony, and it's my job to make sure all three are balanced and that he's performing at his peak."

With UFC 114 looming, the progress was swift for Jackson. Dolce says that in just four weeks, he went from "Hollywood celebrity to top-of-the-foodchain pro athlete."

As it went along, he could see Jackson's love for the process returning. Though Jackson has long voiced an aversion for training, Dolce says that in this camp, he was always asking to do more. When they were supposed to run at 7 am, Jackson was calling him at 6. If Jackson was unsatisfied with his last round of sparring he'd ask for another. It was a trend that continued all camp long. Every day, Jackson looked better and his performance continued improving.

By week four, he was blowing away expectations, and by week six, Jackson was primed, a champion in mind and body.

"The last two weeks have been crazy," Dolce said. "It's sick what he's been able to do. He's a scary man when he's in this kind of shape."

Forty-eight hours from weigh-ins, Jackson was a svelte 219. There was no sign of the belly that he brought to camp. During his media workout, he exhibited the smooth footwork and heavy striking that made him the first and only man to unify the PRIDE and UFC titles. He was a focused athlete, ready to continue the work that once made him an undisputed champion.

"Quite honestly we had the worst Rampage eight weeks ago, and we're going to have the absolute best Rampage come fight night, which is amazing," Dolce said. "He's having fun and he's in a great place right now, but at the same time, he's an angry, bitter man. He's got that dichotomy of character that a lot of athletes don't have. He has that switch in his head and he's in shape, so Saturday night is going to be a scary night for Rashad Evans."
Well I figured he would need to lose a bunch of weight, but I was thinking 30 lbs or so.
 

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From what I've seen Rampage looks like he is in shape but I doubt his conditioning is on par with Rashad's for this fight.

The fact Rampage had to lose 45 lbs tells you how out of shape he was. He literally had to get in shape to start getting in shape. Rashad started his camp in good shape.

Rampage needs to end this early. I don't see him being the fresher fighter in round 3.
 

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I put some creds down on Rampage here just because the odds are way off from what I've been seeing at bettors, but I think Rashad does have a great chance to beat Page. However if he wins I think it will be a rather boring decision like Page vs Griffin rather than impressive finish like Page vs Wandy.

Rashad's striking has gotten better but not good enough to end Rampage's night, and his subs are non existent.
 

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From what I've seen Rampage looks like he is in shape but I doubt his conditioning is on par with Rashad's for this fight.

The fact Rampage had to lose 45 lbs tells you how out of shape he was. He literally had to get in shape to start getting in shape. Rashad started his camp in good shape.

Rampage needs to end this early. I don't see him being the fresher fighter in round 3.
I'm not completely sold on Rashad's cardio. I'm sure it'll be a lot better this time around. But, every fight that he's gone the distance in, he's looked very sluggish towards the later rounds.
 

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I am not convinced Rashad can only take Rampage to a decision. I think Rashad is quick enough and smart enough to stay out of harms way land a few takedowns and wear Rampage out. Look for Rampage to gas in the second and Rashad to put him away in the 3rd. IMO this fight is not going to a decision, its ending in a KO either Rampage in the 1st or Rashad in the 3rd.
 

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Yea, This fight is definitely not going to decision. Either Rampage will KTFO Rashad or he will gas and Rashad will take over late 2nd or 3rd.

I hope Rampage is really prepared cardio wise, I am a huge fan of his and I just dont want to see him lose.
 

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I am not convinced Rashad can only take Rampage to a decision. I think Rashad is quick enough and smart enough to stay out of harms way land a few takedowns and wear Rampage out. Look for Rampage to gas in the second and Rashad to put him away in the 3rd. IMO this fight is not going to a decision, its ending in a KO either Rampage in the 1st or Rashad in the 3rd.
sig bet. you have been called out good sir! a glove slap to the face, a gauntlet thrown down! I'll take rampage.
 

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thats nothing compared to what 50 cent had to lose for his latest film, anybody seen him? he looks awful.

What the..!? The weight loss in that pic is almost as radical as the weight loss of Christian Bale for the movie "The Mechanic".

I am not sure that any movie is worth doing such a thing to one's body.
 

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have you seen bale lately? his body is doin just fine, guy's ripped. personally i think it just demonstrates their drive, willpower, and mastery of their bodies. good for them.
 

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A lot of the people who do this to their body can afford good doctors to keep a constant watch on them. It really is all about mental drive, I know Bale ONLY had 1 cup of coffe in the morning and 1 apple around after noon/dinner time.

50 cent went on a all liquid diet and was on the treadmill for around 3 hours a day.
 

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sig bet. you have been called out good sir! a glove slap to the face, a gauntlet thrown down! I'll take rampage.
I am not positive Rashad can avoid the early onslaught. I will sig bet yo but there are a couple restrictions. If Rampage wins in the first round I am safe. In return if Rashad wins a decision your safe.
 

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I am not positive Rashad can avoid the early onslaught. I will sig bet yo but there are a couple restrictions. If Rampage wins in the first round I am safe. In return if Rashad wins a decision your safe.
i'll take that deal. still gonna prance around the forum making a fool of myself if rampage wins in the first round :p no sig change required tho.
 
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