‘Rampage’ Jackson has thyroid condition, unsure about move back to light heavyweight

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 29.06.2016 13:21h Author:

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (Instagram)

“Rampage” told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, which makes him gain weight more rapidly than normal. Jackson said because of that he might never fight at 205 pounds again.

“I’ve been dealing with this for like a year,” Jackson said. “I’ve been keeping it kind of to myself. It kind of bummed me out. If I don’t stay on top of it, I gain weight really fast. That’s what’s been going on. I’ve been noticing after my fights I’ve just been gaining more weight fast, I didn’t know what was going on.”

Jackson, 38, is a former UFC light heavyweight champion and has fought almost exclusively at that weight for a decade. Last Friday night, he defeated Satoshi Ishii by unanimous decision in the main event of Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2 at a catchweight of 225 pounds.

“I think I’ve gotta change my lifestyle, change the way I eat and stuff like that,” Jackson said. “Then maybe I can make 205.”

“I don’t really want to fight the real big boys, because I noticed that I tried to pick Ishii up at the end of the fight, I was trying to go for a slam and I was like, ‘This dude is too big,'” Jackson said. “He felt like he had put some bricks in his ass or something. I don’t know if it’s his judo background or what. I was like man, maybe I do need to take my ugly ass back down to 205.”