‘It Was the Worst Thing Ever’- UFC Legend Quinton Jackson Looks Back at His Loss to Fedor Emelianenko

Published 08/17/2021, 1:20 PM EDT


MMA legend Quinton Jackson has had many iconic battles in his 50+ career matches. The American also reached the pinnacle of UFC when he grabbed the UFC light heavyweight championship. While he hasn’t put many steps in the wrong direction, he regrets one thing that happened during his fight with Fedor Emelianenko.

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‘Rampage’ recently appeared for an interview with ace MMA analyst, Ariel Helwani. He talked about many things, ranging from his career to what he feels about other fighters.

He then detailed what went wrong during his iconic clash against MMA veteran Emelianenko. The American was preparing well for the clash, as he had Dillashaw and Archuleta for the company. But his body literally couldn’t adjust after he stopped his thyroid medication.

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“For the Fedor fight, I trained very hard,” Jackson said. “That’s the hardest I’ve trained in a long time cause was I training with the Treigning Lab with those guys and they were doing different stuff that I had never done before. You see people flipping tires all the time. I never done that type of training.”

He further added, “I was on a really strict diet. I wasn’t in as bad of shape until I got to Japan and started ‘carbing’ up. I wasn’t really eating carbs. It just made me swell up, like really bloated.”

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‘Rampage’ looked really out of shape during the match and lost in the end via TKO in round 1. “I couldn’t move. My fat a** couldn’t even move… It was the worst thing ever to happen in my career,” he added.

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Jackson (38-14) has been working with Antonio McKee and his team at the Body Shop in Southern California. It’s the same gym responsible for producing Bellator featherweight champion A.J. McKee. He is on a mission to prove all his critics wrong one more time.

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“Even though I’m a lot older and stuff now, I want to make one last comeback, cause I love this sport. I’ve seen many fighters retire and miss the sport and come back, but they wait too long. They come back after three or five years, and it’s just not in them,” he added.

‘Rampage’ further said that he would definitely entertain his fans as he still has got the zeal and heart to perform like a champion one more time.

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It will be interesting to see how it goes for him when he makes the return. But no matter what he does, he would still be one of the greatest to ever to step in the octagon.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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