Throughout his MMA career, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Rampage is successful, he will feint or throw the left jab which forces the opponent to slide back out of range; because he wants to avoid the possibility of being hit with the punch. When the adversary moves backward, Jackson will take a couple of steps forward and restart the process of feinting or throwing the left jab until the foe is near the fence. Once this happens, he will continuously throw a lead left hook followed by the right hook or overhand right; with the intention of severely hurting and knocking out the opponent. For instance, during the first fight against King Mo, Rampage feinted or threw the left jab forcing Mo to hop or slide back out of range on numerous occasions. Eventually, King Mo surrendered so much ground due to the threat of the left jab that he was near the fence. As a result of this, Rampage began to throw the lead left hook followed by the right hook or overhand right; with an occasional uppercut when Mo would duck down for a takedown attempt. Rampage’s strategy allowed him to pick up a controversial decision victory over King Mo.
However, one can argue Rampage Jackson’s fighting style has been the catalyst for his losses in MMA. This is because Rampage has often developed tunnel vision in search of the knockout that he disregards the wrestling aspect of mixed martial arts. In fact, when Jackson has an opponent near the fence, he tends to throw a wide lead left hook followed by a right hook or overhand right with the intention of generating as much power as possible. Jackson’s strategy gives his foes a chance to duck beneath the punches and create an opportunity for the clinch. Once the clinch has started, the opponent will reverse Rampage and put him up against the fence. Although one would expect fighters to try to get away from the wall, that is not the case with Rampage. Quinton will attempt to create space inside the clinch to throw some right uppercuts to the head and knees to the body. After a few moments, he stops striking, and the opponent is back on top of him to stay busy and win rounds by throwing some strikes or attempting takedowns. Due to this, Rampage has repeatedly asked his promoters to book him in fights vs. foes who are willing to strike with him. For example, in March of 2012, Rampage made an appearance on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” and said that; he was upset “with the UFC and the opponents they’ve been giving me…. why you giving me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?”
As a result of this, Chael Sonnen can develop two plausible game plans to defeat Rampage at Bellator 192. Chael can interrupt Rampage’s pattern of throwing the left jab to get the foe near the fence by ducking under the punch to attempt a takedown. If he is successful on the takedown attempt, Sonnen will try to land some ground and pound. However, if Rampage can stop the takedown, Chael can let Rampage put him up against the fence. If Sonnen is up against the wall, he can duck beneath the punches and create an opportunity for the clinch. Once the clinch has started, Chael will reverse Rampage and put him up against the fence. After this happens, he can once again shoot for the takedown.
Ultimately, this strategy should help Chael Sonnen pick up a decision victory over Rampage Jackson to advance to the next round of the heavyweight grand prix.