Quinton "Rampage" Jackson power-bomb slams Ryan Bader onto his head at UFC 144 on Feb 25, 2012, in Saitama, Japan. Photo by Esther Lin via SBnation.com.
"This is my favorite win of all time. Coming in winning the Ultimate Fighter, it's really not in the UFC, you start over right when you get into the UFC. That is what I learned real quick. You know I had a couple of losses last year and I'm starting this year off right. Getting a win over Rampage, he's up there, he just fought for the title, he's top five in the division so I couldn't ask for more. He got that good slam, you know , I knew he was waiting for something because he was a little to relaxed right there with his hands and he was just waiting for me to knee the head and he caught me, he's a strong dude, so he picked me up and slammed me right on my head and I was out of it honestly for a little bit. But, I just recovered and that's what it's about, just staying in there and battling and that's what happened."
-- Ryan Bader tells UFC.com that he was "out of it" for a little while after Quinton Jackson slammed him in the second round of their co-main event bout last night (Feb. 25, 2012) at UFC 144 from Saitama, Japan. "Rampage," who was known for power bombing opponents such as Kazushi Sakuraba and Ricardo Arona while fighting in Japan with Pride FC, had yet to show the stateside fans his incredible strength with his powerful slams that he was accustomed to doing in the Far East. Perhaps all it took a trip to "The Land of The Rising Sun" to inspire Jackson to do what he does best, and that's drop them on their heads. Bader, however, rattled after landing head first and awkwardly on his arm, shook of the split-second cobwebs to regain his composure and control the pace from that moment forward en route to a unanimous decision win. With "Darth" upsetting Jackson's large fan base in attendance, he propelled himself closer to the top of the mountain in the 205-pound division and handed Jackson his second consecutive loss. Impressed with Bader's composure after the slam from "Rampage" and his overall performance for that matter? It certainly looked like it could have been much worse -- the crunching slow motion replays were insane.