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I'm too big to accept Shogun title shot - Rampage

ESPN staff
February 8, 2011
Rampage Jackson had his ribs broken by Shogun Rua in their first encounter © Getty Images
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Quinton Jackson has confirmed that he turned down a title shot against Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 128, and he is angry that Shogun made it public knowledge.

Jon Jones has stepped up for the March 19 light-heavyweight title fight after Rashad Evans - the No. 1 contender - pulled out with a knee injury. It means Jones has six weeks to prepare for the bout after beating Ryan Bader on Saturday.

However, the title collision could have fallen to Jackson - the former champion - after he was approached by the UFC. Jackson explains that, unlike Jones, he was nowhere near full fight fitness.

"I don't care who the opponent is," Jackson told MMAjunkie. "I'm not taking a fight on four weeks' notice.

"It's not enough time to get ready for a five-round fight. Dana [White] knows that. And Shogun, he's a fighter, and he should know that. He shouldn't even go and say s*** like that with him being a fighter. He saw me at the fight this weekend. Everybody saw how big I am.

"I just started back. I fought right before the holidays, and I went on vacation to see my family and took my kids to see their family in Japan. I've been living my life, so I gained a lot of weight. I'm a natural fighter. I don't do any drugs, and I don't know any high-performance drugs, so I have a natural body. My body gains weight when I don't train and I don't eat like I'm in camp."

Jackson, who is slated to fight Thiago Silva as his next opponent, continued: "I'm 250 pounds, and I would have to lose 45 pounds in, what, three or four weeks? The first time I fought Shogun I was injured going into that fight, and it's haunted me all the way up to now. I always believed the second time I fight Shogun that I'm going to be close to 100 percent as possible.

"I don't want to have a rushed camp and have a last-minute fight to fight someone who's already beaten me. Even if they offered me Forrest [Griffin] or Rashad in four weeks, I can't take that fight because I'm too big."

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