MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson said reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones disrespected mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Vitor Belfort during their title clash in UFC 152.
Jackson told the MMA Hour that during the fight, Jones employed tactics hurtful to Belfort’s career.
“Vitor took the fight on short notice, and this is how you respect him, by kicking his knee backwards and stuff like that? He's supposed to be a man of God. You can injure somebody, you can sever their career,” said Rampage.
Jackson himself experienced sustaining a similar hit from Jones when they fought in UFC 135 last year.
“You can mess people up for life kicking their knee back like that and he does it repeatedly, over and over. To me that has no honor. I take a lot of honor in fighting. He has no honor," said Jackson.
Jones defeated Belfort by forcing the Brazilian to tap out via an “Americana” or a figure-four armlock.
Belfort took the fight on three week’s notice as a replacement for the injured Dan Henderson.
Jackson called Jones a fake because of the latter’s “unfair” advantages.
"He's fake. I don't agree with his fighting style. I think I could beat Jon Jones. I know I can beat him. Jon Jones is the type of guy you have to fight twice," he said.