Regarding that fight, he says: “I just want my fans to know, I was at my worst and Forrest was at his best – and I still beat him.
He added: “A man is not a man if he can’t ‘fess up to when he gets his ass kicked. See me, if I get my ass kicked I am like ‘yeah, I got my ass kicked’.
However, Jackson says that when he said those exact words at the end of the fight in July, “I was being sarcastic, because I really could not believe that it went the way it did”.
“I’m not a sore loser, shit happens. But I was hoping that Forrest would be a man and come out and say ‘You know what, I didn’t win that fight’, especially after he watched it.
“I wasn’t really sure, right at the end of the fight… I know he hurt me and punched me in the face a couple of times but I was bobbing and weaving and making him miss, stuff like that.
“I was hoping that he would come out later after he saw the fight and say ‘yeah, I saw the fight and I lost that fight.”
Jackson says that he has “lost a lot of respect” for Griffin in the wake of the fight, largely because the new champion has not been talking of a rematch despite winning the belt in controversial fashion.
Now in some very specific situations, I would agree that an immediate rematch was in order for Rampage and Forrest. In fact, I’m pretty sure I remember everyone (including Dana) talking about the possibility of that … right up until RAMPAGE WENT INSANE AND ENDED UP IN JAIL. I think the moment that happened, everyone stopped calling out Jackson … no one wants to be the guy setting his sights on the nutjob.