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Why am I here? Why are you here? Why is anybody here? I think it was Jean-Paul Sartre who once said ... how do you spell spell Sartre?
"Rampage" was a guest this evening (Jan. 22, 2013) on "UFC Tonight," attempting to promote his upcoming showdown with Glover Teixeira, which will serve as the UFC on Fox 6 co-main event this weekend (Sat., Jan. 26, 2013) at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. It will mark Jackson's farewell fight with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion as he prepares to embark on a new combat sports career that includes professional boxing (not humping).
Between conspicuously smelling his sneaker to shoehorn his blue chip sponsor, Reebok, into the episode -- because the UFC won't let him rock the gear into the Octagon -- and talking about what the future might hold, Jackson insinuated that he knows Teixeira is planning to take him down and hold him there on fight night.
"I could get excited about this type of fight, but it has been brought to my attention from my management and stuff that -- and they check stuff out -- that it shows Glover is really doing a lot of work on planning to take me down and holding me against the cage ... stuff like that," he claimed. "He's going to pretend to stand up to just take me down, which is okay, I'm not surprised. I don't know what's going through his head."
Spies in an MMA camp! That doesn't sound familiar ... at all.
Jackson isn't really revealing he has a Brazilian mole; however, his assertion that he has "inside information" on what Teixeira is planning to do to him in the "Windy City" is most likely nonsense. Old, tired reverse psychology that Jackson hopes will make its way back to "The Pit" and somehow influence how Teixeira performs on fight night.
It's a shtick that Anthony Johnson used to famously rickroll Dan Hardy at UFC Fight Night 24 back in 2011 and one that, more recently, Anthony Pettis is using to bait Donald Cerrone into a similar stand up situation (or is he?) on the same UFC on Fox 6 main card.
"I just think that he's a great ground fighter, so if he really wants to win this fight, why then trade with me at my strong point?" Jackson continued. "Why not get me at my weakest point, which is on the ground? That's probably what he's thinking, but he's got a new thing coming because I've trained to take this fight anywhere. If he takes me down I'm getting right back up. I really feel like he's going to have a hard time taking me down."
Now that would be something new, something worth getting excited about, especially if Jackson's secret sources and "stuff" on Teixeira does indeed check out when the dust settles.
Regardless, Jackson should have been ready to "get right back up" and been "hard to take down" when he made his Octagon debut back in 2007.
There's an old saying in Tennessee, which is where Jackson was born and grew up, I know it's in Texas -- probably in Tennessee -- that says, "Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... You can't get fooled again!"