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Jackson Criticizes Machida’s Fighting Skills

Written on November 14, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"When you get in the octagon, you fight. It's not like boxing where guys are trying to outpoint each other and go for a decision. We're MMA fighters, we're the best athletes in the world. I just hate to see our sport change into boxing where people aren't even fighting anymore. I can't even watch a boxing match anymore." ---Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

Way back in March 2009, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson said something about his current opponent who was at that time on his way of becoming the light-heavyweight champion.

Jackson isn’t a fan of Machida’s fighting skills. He reffered to it as “boring as hell.” Since it’s their time to prove themselves, the fire between the two were rekindled whether the perception was changed or not.

“Why would it change because I’m matched up with him?” Jackson said during a conference call. Why would I change how I like his fighting style just beause I’m fighting him?”

Jackson elaborated his disliked for artists who are engaging with a slow fight.

“I’m prepared for a fight,” said Jackson (30-8), who is hoping to rebound off a UFC 114 decision loss to Rashad Evans. “I’d rather fight someone who’s going to put on a show like me and stand and bang. Those people are true warriors, true fighters like the way BJ Penn fights and Matt [Hughes] fights. I like watching guys like that fight. Other guys I’m not a fan of at all.

“I feel like I have a fighting spirit, a true warrior spirit,” he continued. “When you get in the octagon, you fight. It’s not like boxing where guys are trying to outpoint each other and go for a decision. We’re MMA fighters, we’re the best athletes in the world. I just hate to see our sport change into boxing where people aren’t even fighting anymore. I can’t even watch a boxing match anymore.”

Machida was asked for a response to Jackson’s criticism towards him.

“Basically, everyone has their own opinion,” he said. “But my style made me a champion. Everybody’s got to use their style that makes them comfortable in the ring.

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