Following Rampage Jackson’s loss to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 135 Jackson said he didn’t see anybody beating Jones.
“I’m not going to be a sore loser,” said Jackson at the post-fight press conference. “I thought I’d be really mad if I lost, especially after Jones did what he said he was going to do and finished me. I gained a lot of respect for Jones. I thought he was hype, but he’s good. He fought me and did some great stuff. I don’t see anybody beating Jones.”
“I was very confident going into the bout,” said Jackson. “A couple of times, I got a little desperate. I was a little disappointed because I wasn’t sticking to my game plan and was kind of frustrating myself. His reach and presence were really hard to deal with. I had guys in training who were taller than Jones, but I guess it’s different between sparring and a real fight.”
Jackson doesn’t believe anyone in the weight class can beat Jones. He did however say who may have a chance to beat Jones.
“I think Rashad [Evans] is the only one who has a chance to beat him,” said Jackson. “Evans trained with him and so he knows, but I don’t see anybody beating Jones, straight up. I take my hat off to him.”
Jackson did say he would like to fight Shogun Rua although Shogun is fighting Dan Henderson at UFC 139. Jackson would like to fight in Japan and avenge his Pride Grand Prix loss in 2005.
“It would be very special [to rematch Rua in Japan]. I have a lot of respect for Shogun,” said Jackson. “I didn’t know he was fighting Henderson, but it would be a dream come true.”