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Bader and Co are 'cowards' - Rampage

ESPN staff
May 1, 2012

Rampage Jackson has listed Ryan Bader among a group of fighters he calls "cowards", on a day when Bader was matched with Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 4.

Jackson is still smarting from his decision loss to Bader, which saw Rampage outwrestled by his rival. He has since launched an attack on the UFC match-makers, accusing them of giving him poor stylistic match-ups.

Bader is currently on a two-fight win streak, knowing victory over Machida would propel him into the upper echelons of the 205lb division. But his style, along with other wrestlers in the division, does not impress Jackson.

"I'm tired of fighting these guys who are cowards," Jackson told Inside MMA. "I call them cowards. They just run around the cage, they game plan and they take you down.

"It's okay to take people down, but they just hump you and lay down on top of you the whole time. That's what's disgusting to me.

"I would love to fight somebody like Shogun [Rua]. Somebody like Forrest [Griffin]. Somebody who beat me before. Somebody who wants to put on a good fight."

Jackson has confirmed that he will have just one more fight in the UFC, at which point he will walk away once his contract has ended. And he explained the exact moment that made him question the type of support he was getting in MMA's top promotion.

"My second fight, they throw me to Chuck Liddell. The fans didn't know who I was, I knocked him out and the fans booed me. That changed me, who I am towards the fans. I used to be the nicest guy towards fans. My first time getting booed... How are you gonna boo somebody for knocking somebody out?" Jackson said.

"Now, the UFC's just throwing me all these boring fighters, these game planners, these wrestlers. I'm the type of fighter who you should match up with people who want to fight excitingly. You know what I'm saying?

"I can't even negotiate with anybody [until the end of my contract]. I'm not even negotiating with anybody right now. I've got one fight with the UFC. After I do that fight with the UFC, then I can negotiate and figure out what I'm gonna do next.

"I've got so much other stuff going on, I could take a year off from fighting and I don't even care. There's other things I want to do. I'm more than a fighter, I'm an entertainer. I like entertaining people.

"I like making people laugh, I like entertaining people. I like fighting, I like beating people up. But, I still gotta heal up. I'm not jumping right back into fighting, right away. I got my knees to worry about. I've been fighting injured for a while."

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