‘I Had a Hard Time Punching Jon Jones’- Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Explains Why Jon Jones Will Do Really Well at UFC Heavyweight

Published 11/27/2021, 6:49 AM EST

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson spoke to Helen Yee ahead of Triller’s Triad Combat event. The showcase sees MMA fighters going head-to-head against boxers and Jackson is the team captain for MMA opposite Shannon Briggs who comes in for boxing. Both men have gone back-and-forth themselves and fans are invested in what ‘Rampage’ is set to do going forward.

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In the midst of the interview, Jackson was also asked to share his candid views on how Jon Jones fares in his bid to go to heavyweight. ‘Rampage’ Jackson is a former opponent of Jones and the two fought all the way back in September 2011. Jackson has always kept it candid with regards to Jones and had some interesting things to say.

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‘Rampage’ on Jon Jones’ move to heavyweight

Quinton Jackson said that ‘Bones’ Jones will fare well given his prowess at light heavyweight for over a decade. He revealed that he barely got a hand on Jones when they fought and alluded to the fact that his elusiveness could be a net positive. Not to mention, he praised Jon Jones’ mindset and believes he can succeed under the gun.

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“I think Jones will do well in heavyweight if he can keep the guys from hitting him. I had a hard time punching Jon Jones. I don’t think I landed anything clean on him. If he’s gotten even 1% better at avoiding getting hit in the face, I think he will do well at heavyweight.”

“He’s a great wrestler and I think he’ll be able to control the fight and take him down. One thing about Jon Jones, he has a strong mind and whatever he puts his mind to, he can do it. I just hope he puts his mind to focusing on his career and clean up his personal life.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on after his after their UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout with Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Fans are keenly awaiting Jon Jones’ move-up in weight and want to see him test himself against some heavy hitters. Seeing Jones go toe-to-toe against KO specialists like Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou is especially riveting. However, there’s no clarity as to when Jones will actually decide to bite the bullet and move to heavyweight.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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