"Rampage" Jackson Loses in UFC 135, Sheds Light on the Mental Game | STACK

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

"Rampage" Jackson Loses in UFC 135, Sheds Light on the Mental Game

September 27, 2011 | B Stone

Must See MMA Videos

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson stepped into the octagon in UFC 135 against Jon Jones with more than twice as many wins as the young fighter. Yet, despite his experience, Jackson left the octagon a loser Saturday night. In the post-fight interview, he admitted to not following his game plan, saying he was "mesmerized" by Jones.

Jackson's strategy to beat the long-limbed Jones involved using good head movement and staying close to his opponent. With his strong background in wrestling, he could have tried to fight Jones on the ground. Instead, he spent much of the night recovering from Jones' punches.

Why didn't Jackson take the fight to the ground? "Basically, I choked," he said after the match. While an elbow to the head in the first round couldn't have helped, analysts agreed that Rampage should have stayed focused and stuck with his fighting strategy.

In Jackson's pre-match interview, he had claimed to be in the best shape of his life, physically ready to take on the younger Jones. However, perhaps influenced by the hype surrounding Jones or all the talk between the two fighters before UFC 135, Jackson simply did not perform up to his capabilities.

Jackson's loss is a prime example of the importance of mental skills. Read up on how to mentally prepare yourself.

More Cool Stuff You'll Like

The Holistic Approach to Impactful Sports Coaching

The interaction between a coach and an athlete is a very dynamic relationship. When you are involved as a coach in an athlete's life the complexity of...

Make Goals, Not Deals

Why You Should Be Training Instead of Exercising

Study: Athletes Think Faster, More Accurately Than Non-Athletes

5 Tips for Playing Mentally Tough Tennis

6 Ideas to Build a More Cohesive Team

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones's Killer Workouts

4 Reasons Your Team Is Losing

How Clayton Kershaw Gets in the Zone

4 Tips for Building Confidence

5 Steps to Changing a Bad Habit

Home Field Advantage Is Real, Says Science

Visualize Yourself Winning, and You're Halfway There

Summer Mental Training Plan for Wrestling

What's Your Backup Plan When 'Plan A' Fails?

Are You Playing With a Winning Mindset?

The One Word You Should Never Say to Yourself

UFC 140 on Xbox Live: Recap

Tips to Be a Better Leader

Overcome the 5 Most Common Mental Mistakes in Sports

How Nik Wallenda Prepared to Walk Across the Grand Canyon

How Mental Flexibility Boosts Your Game

So You Didn't Make the Team? 5 Ways to Move On

How to 'Keep Your Cool' on the Football Field

Growth Mindset: How to Think Like a Champion

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Coach

UFC 140: Jon

Can a Faster Brain Increase Sports Performance?

4 Ways to Turn Mental Toughness Into Physical Toughness

Regain Your Confidence by Getting BIG

How Mentally Tough Are You?

4 Obstacles to Better Goal Setting

Prepare for Any Situation With Mental Sunscreen

5 Tips to Becoming a Successful Athlete

3 Ways to Develop Your Football Warrior Mentality

Build Mental Toughness in the Weight Room

Overcome Your Fear of Failure

How to Improve Mental Focus on the Baseball Diamond

Get Tough on Your Goals to Get Fit

A Coach Describes What It

Positive Affirmations for Athletes

How Mental Performance Affects Your Workouts

Use Sports Psychology Against Your Opponents

Don't Take Your Headphones to the Gym

Mental Warm-Up: How to Build Confidence Before a Game