Quinton Jackson missed weight last night for tonight's UFC 144 bout with Ryan Bader and he did so badly, coming in at 211 pounds for this light heavyweight (205 pounds) fight. Immediately there was speculation over if Jackson was taking the fight seriously or if he was starting to check out on his career a little bit. Jackson addressed that idea in a weigh-in with Ariel Helwani for Fuel TV:
Quotes after the jump...
On why he missed weight:
"I wasn't going to say anything. I thought I was going to make the weight but um, I got injured in my camp that kept me from doing a lot of running. But I didn't want to miss this fight because it's so important to me and I fought so hard to get it and I said 'forget it, I'm just gonna man up and make the fight.' And I kept training in other ways, I just couldn't get my road work in in a lot of ways. Then I healed up and could get my roadwork in but it was too late. I started cutting weight and it was a lot of weight to cut. I cut 21 pounds. I just couldn't get the last 6. I tried my best, it's kinda difficult you gotta weigh in earlier and I kinda underestimated the time. I woke up at three o'clock this morning cutting weight and I cut everything I had."
On Rich Franklin questioning his motivation in the Fuel booth after the missed weight:
"My friend already texted me what Rich Franklin said and Rich Franklin need to watch his mouth before I smack him the next time I see him. He a fighter the same way I'm a fighter, he should watch what he say. You don't question if a fighter is taking his fight serious or not. I'm a fighter, I take all my fights serious and I'm tired of people saying that. So what I get ups and downs in my fight career just like everyone else but I'm still here. I've been around eleven years but I'm still here. I take all my fights seirously and I'm tired of people questioning me. I'm one fighter that, I haven't backed out of a fight yet due to injury. I won some fights injured and I lost some fights injured. That's just me, I'm the one that gotta answer to it at the end of the day."