Rampage Jackson: I'm not fighting in Japan and that's a 'big mistake' by the UFC


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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson is not happy that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is heading back to Japan without him.

UFC 144 (sans Jackson) is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2012, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

"Rampage" (32-9) cut his teeth in PRIDE, developing a huge fan base in blockbuster fights against Kazushi Sakuraba, Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.

And he thinks it's a mistake to not bring him back, according to a Tweet from Jackson earlier today.

"It don't look like I'm fighting n Japan which I'm not happy about at all,I think its a big mistake by the UFC... Fuck it."

The Memphis native was rumored to be in negotiations with former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) pioneer Stephan Bonnar, who was pining for a "Rampage" fight following his UFC 139 win over Kyle Kingsbury.

I personally think a rematch between Jackson and Mauricio Rua is ideal right now.

Both fighters are coming off losses (Jackson to Jon Jones at UFC 135 and Rua to Dan Henderson at UFC 139) and are out of the title picture right now. And this match-up would certainly draw. It could either be a co-main event or even a five round headliner on a smaller pay-per-view card.

Either way, another fight with "Shogun" would be highly anticipated.

Do you agree that Rampage should be included on the UFC 144 card? Or does he need to put nostalgia aside and focus on his stateside obligations?


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