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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson joined 790 the Ticket in Miami on the Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz to talk about what he thinks of Jon "Bones" Jones, whether or not they know each other, on being underestimated by Jones, what weaknesses he sees in Jones as a fighter, and whether or not he considers Jones a top three pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
What he thinks of Jon "Bones" Jones:
"Well you know? At first I didn't know what to take from him. Then I learned he was talking and kinda disrespecting me saying things that I don't think he should've been saying. He had only been in the sport a couple of minutes and he was already talking bad about me. I've been in for years and I paved the way for fighters like him. I think he needs to learn a little bit of respect and little humanity this weekend."
Whether or not he knows Jones at all:
"He's gonna get to know me on Saturday. Me and my friends. My right hand and my left hand."
On being underestimated by Jones:
"I think that the kid is so arrogant and everything that he'd have no idea what's coming his way. I'm glad that he's underestimating me and my skills and stuff like that. People forget that I'm a wrestler, went to K-1, know how kick box, and people just forget stuff about me. I don't care. I'm glad they do."
What weaknesses he sees with Jones as a fighter:
"The weakness I see with him is inexperience. The kid has never went through the championship rounds and I have. I've been through championship rounds. What people don't know the fourth and fifth rounds, it's hard. Once you get past the third, the fourth round is no joke and the fifth round, that's where champions are made and broken right there. The kid has never stepped into that deep water. I have several times. I've done that and I got a t-shirt. I ain't giving that t-shirt to Jon Jones this weekend. I'm keeping my t-shirt and taking his belt. (Host: You and your friends have a t-shirt?) Jon Jones has skills and everything but he doesn't have experience. He came on too fast. You can't buy experience at Wal-Mart. You can't. You have to earn it. You can't buy it at Wal-Mart, but you can get MMA Elite there."
You have accused him of having spies at your camp?
"You're guilty so it should bother you. You know what I'm saying the kid is guilty. He knows he has spies in my camp. I think we have narrowed it down to who it is. We're just focusing on this upcoming fight and stuff like that. If he didn't put the spies there himself then his manager did and he knew about it. He feels guilty. That's why it bothers him."
Whether or not Jones is a top three pound-for-pound fighter:
"Pound-for-pound top three fighter? I don't know. I wouldn't rate him top three fighter in the world. Pound for pound? Like in all the weight? No. Top three, no. Hell no."
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