Former light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson had much to get off his chest when he joined the MMA Hour yesterday. From recent personal injuries, to his loss of passion for MMA, and to his thoughts on the current LHW champ Jon Jones.
“You know, in my last fight, I fought injured and had all those problems behind that. I said, I’m not going to risk that again. I said, I’ll just pull out of this fight and come back strong. I want my next fight to be as close to 100 percent as possible and show the world what I can do. I just regret losing to a person like Ryan Bader. He sucks. He sucks. I’ll say it to his face. He sucks. He talked all that trash on how he was going to knock me out. Obviously he knew I was injured because I didn’t make weight. I talked to him man to man and said, ‘Look, lets make it an exciting fight.’ I knew there was a chance I was going to lose, but I don’t want to lose a boring fight in Japan. He made the fight really boring. I got no respect for a guy like that. He sucks.”
“I lost my love when I lost that Forrest fight. I know that I won that fight. Honestly, I wanted to cry racist stuff. I did want to do that. Us black folks, we’re good at that. I know I took the fight lightly. I was like, ‘Oh, Forrest.’ I didn’t train my hardest, I was coming off that Dan Henderson fight and I had just a little injury on my knuckle so I didn’t keep up training. It was like, ‘Oh Forrest, I’ll just knock this guy out. After the fact, I didn’t react the way people thought I would. I accepted the defeat. I knew that I won the fight, but said, ‘he kicked my butt.’ I held my head up high, and I walked out because I didn’t want to act the fool. People don’t know that when I went back home to Memphis,I’m from the south, a lot of white people were coming up to me saying derogatory stuff. There was some racist shit they were saying. It shows your true colors.”
Jackson does still look to make a move to other organizations, but says the only problem is the UFC seems to be the only promotion paying his worth.
“Me being a free agent is looking very promising right now. I’m not in a rush. I’m not saying the UFC paid me like a slouch. Honestly the UFC pays me pretty good, I have to admit. I’m not a greedy person. I’m happy with it but like I was saying, it’s not worth it for the stuff I have to go through with privacy issues. I’m still going to have that elsewhere, but elsewhere is offering me more money.”
Perhaps this is the true origin of Jackson’s double knee injury that required surgery as of late that has kept him from fighting Shogun and Teixeira.
“Vitor took the fight on short notice, and this is how you respect him, by kicking his knee backwards and stuff like that? He’s supposed to be a man of God. You can injure somebody, you can sever their career. You can mess people up for life kicking their knee back like that and he does it repeatedly, over and over. To me that has no honor. I take a lot of honor in fighting. He has no honor. He’s fake. I don’t agree with his fighting style. I think I can beat Jon Jones. I know I can beat him. Jon Jones is the type of guy you have to fight twice.”
As for the rocky relationship Jackson has had with his employer Dana White, it’s not as bad according to the former Pride superstar.
“Dana’s a cool guy, I’m telling you, but he’s looking out for his brand but what I think they don’t understand is that I’m looking out for my brand. After I retire, the UFC is still going to be there. The UFC is going to make money and the UFC will still be going strong after I retire, but after I retire, I have to find other ways to make money. I have to find other ways to put my kids through school, put my son through private school. I have to find other ways to make it rain in the club, but UFC’s still going to be going strong.”