The end came officially in the fourth round at 1:14 on September 24, 2011 for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, from a rear naked choke that had him praising the greatness of still reigning light heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones. Or so it seemed. It was like watching amateur hour. It’s sad to see one of the greats get beat up convincingly. But like most of the greats who linger too long and feel they have one more Hail Mary left, Rampage Jackson pulled himself out of the light heavy rubbish one last time with a unanimous decision victory over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who will swear he won the fight. Whether you watched the fight or not, or thought that after the Jones fight, humble “Hollywood Jackson” would run back to Hollywood, you have to admit, Jackson did look physically fit. Although working with deteriorating skills, his strength and stamina came to fight. Not the old Rampage Jackson. In his prime and at the top of his game, Jackson most likely would have rushed across the ring with no regard and treated King Mo like Bamm Bamm Rubble with a new toy. This fight, two light heavyweights, game, but nowhere near championship contingency, which “beg the differ”? Can we actually take a Jackson comeback seriously? With mortal combat phrases like “total annihilation”, Rampage Jackson is more of a WWE act with all the Hollywood trimmings, than an actual threat to a legit champion. With his new toned fit body and Hollywood catch phases, we want to believe the hype, be it real or not real. 

Anthony Darden

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