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Exclusive Interview: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

(They say that shoe is his, but it barely even resembles him.)

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is one of MMA’s most charismatic stars, but the UFC light heavyweight champ has also become one of the world’s best fighters since moving from Pride to the UFC. In this exclusive interview, “Rampage” discusses his evolution as an athlete, his upcoming title fight against Forrest Griffin, and what he hates most about life as an MMA fighter. Hey, “Rampage.” Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. How is your training camp going? I hear that you really don’t like training.

“Rampage” Jackson: That’s true. I hate training. I don’t know why. I guess because I’m lazy. I do it anyway and I train really hard, but I hate every minute of it.

If you hate it so much, how do you get through weeks of it without losing your mind before every fight?

I joke around and have fun in the gym. I like to have fun people around me. It helps me get through it. I also think about what I’m going to do to my opponent, how I’m going to take it out on him for making me do all this training.

How have you been preparing specifically for Forrest? What are you expecting out of him?

I’ve just been training to whip his ass. Other than that I don’t really know. I think he’s probably going to try and use those leg kicks and keep moving. He’s pretty good with leg kicks. But I’m pretty sure that after I hit him a couple of times he’ll forget about all that.

It seems like you’ve become a much different fighter in the last couple of years, ever since coming to the UFC. You look more polished and more technical. What do you think has made the difference?

Well, now I’m more mature. I’ve got better trainers and better sparring partners. I’m training harder and my hands are a lot better. I’ve been training my boxing a lot more. Back in the day I had amateur guys training me and now I’ve got a professional training me. That makes a big difference.

On “The Ultimate Fighter” they made it seem like you weren’t really interested in being a coach. They showed you sleeping on the mat, stuff like that. Was that an accurate portrayal of your time on the show?

I fell asleep on the mat. It happened. They showed it.

I did my best. You know, I was in it. I did my best. But I’m not a coach. I’m a fighter.

What do you think Forrest Griffin does well as a fighter?

That’s a hard question. Let me think. I think he puts together kicks pretty good. I’ll give him that. He kicks better than me. He’s got better leg kicks, but that’s it.

Is there a lot of extra pressure now that you’re the champ? The only place to go is down. How do you deal with that?

I don’t even worry about pressure. Not at all. My job’s to fight. I don’t even think about being champion. Somebody beats me and takes my belt, okay, that’d be a sad day for me, but then I just start working to get the belt back.

What’s the hardest part about being an MMA fighter?

The hardest part of being an MMA fighter is when you fight and then the government takes half your money for taxes. Some of the fights it’s like you go out there and almost didn’t even get paid for it.

Uncle Sam didn’t do a damn thing for you, but then takes half your money. They ain’t taking no punches. They ain’t doing none of that. I know the government calls it taxes, but I call it pimping. I don’t mind helping out, doing my part. I don’t mind that. But don’t take half my damn money.

What’s the most memorable fight of your career so far?

My most memorable fight is always the fight that I had last. That’s the one that’s the clearest for me. I don’t really think about all those other fights too much.

I look at it like my job. When you’re working in a grocery store bagging groceries, what’s the most memorable bag of groceries that you bagged? This is a job for me.

What are the chances that we’ll see you and Wanderlei Silva fight again in the UFC? Would you like a chance to avenge your losses against him?

I don’t know. If Wanderlei keeps winning and if I keep winning, we might get to do it again. I don’t know, I’m not psychic. But yeah, I would love to fight Wanderlei. I’d love to fight all of them. I don’t care who.

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Blackleg- June 29, 2008 at 11:23 am
Aaron from Alaska: What makes him dumb? You've heard him speak, yes? No other proof is required. I'm not saying he's not a decent guy or a good fighter. All I'm saying is that I wouldn't be surprised if all his shoes close with velcro.
evan tanners beard- June 28, 2008 at 5:49 am
Dude should stop looking at his sneakers and tidy his fucking house
Anonymous- June 28, 2008 at 2:50 am
lol @ rampage "can't be knocked out" I thought wandy knocked his ass out onto the announcers table, and there was blood gushing from his mouth, and didn't ninja or shogun knock him out, too? or was that a sub, I don't remembrar
chunk- June 27, 2008 at 11:20 pm
i dont know about you guys but im with him. the u.s. has the second highest taxes in the world. and boneman ur an idiot. what democracy? you cant even smoke cigs outside in new york state. theyre trying to make it illegal to own handguns in d.c. it costs me 90 bucks a week to drive to work in a car that gets 30 + miles a gallon. we cant drill for oil off the coastline but russia can. our government had to borrow billions of dollars from china to pay us stimulus checks hoping to get our economy going. my best friend has to go back to iraq and possibly get shot with a gun that we sold those assholes. yeah democracy.
GSP for Prime Minister- June 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm
ever since all the rumours about the "fixed fights by the yukuza" in pride and the rumours that all the fighters were on steroids, ive chosen to place all the past pride fights in the back of my mind... including both rampage/wandy fights
Kyle- June 26, 2008 at 10:18 pm
I'd be afraid of that Thai clinch after the last fight in Pride FC. One of my favorite fights. Shows what Wand can do when he is on top of his game. Also shows that Rampage can't be knocked out, because if that beating doesn't knock him out, I don't know what can.
BIG CHRIS- June 26, 2008 at 8:52 pm
Forrest Griffin is going to out work this lazy bum.....Forrest wins via TKO in the 3rd.....
ktfo- June 26, 2008 at 8:39 pm
cagepotato faggot ass bitches fuck you
IllegalUpKick- June 26, 2008 at 7:32 pm
Ok, I'm not trying to start a debate between Canadian and USA Heathcare systems, but it is part of my comment.

I would hands down anyday pay taxes for "free" health care. No one in Canada is in debt due to taxes for our HCS.

Lets take a look at Keith Jardine, he got paid 10k for fight W. Silva. He gets KTFO, loses some of his purse to taxes AND has to pay a hospital bill on top of that (I'm pretty sure the fighters are un-insured), that's pretty bad.

The man basically spent months training to get embarrassed and almost no money for his efforts.
fightfan- June 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm
I would love to see Wanderlei vs Rampage 3. You know Rampage has come a ways since his days in Pride. But I still think that Rampage is deathly scared of Wand and his thai clinch.

I really hope that they find again in the next couple of years, while they are still hungry and young
Aaron from alaska- June 26, 2008 at 7:23 pm
@Blackleg what makes Rampage so "dumb" please elaborate...oh and elaborate means to explain further.
Chris- June 26, 2008 at 7:09 pm
Man, you wanna talk about taxing the shit out of somebody, go look at Canada and Switzerland, places with universal health care. We, in the U.S.A, have it comparatively easy.
Anonymous- June 26, 2008 at 6:58 pm
i liekd his answeres mostly about the goverment taking half his money for doing nothing.the government does tax the shit out of us with everything we buy and income tax.its pathetic.and i liked his answer about basicly not living in the past for past fights
Blackleg- June 26, 2008 at 6:17 pm
but jesus christ if Rampage isn't just dumb as a fucking rock. I'm going to start a campaign to see him face Mongo in a spelling bee, now THAT would be a fucking brutal exhibition.
Rumbler- June 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm
@ Boneman

Who doesn't b!tch about taxes? ..Did you hear him say "I don't pay my taxes" Because I sure didn't...You sir are an ass.
CityBoxingSanDiego- June 26, 2008 at 5:48 pm
The osiris' with the camo look pretty gay but the all black webbed ones aren't looking to shabby for a skate shoe... I respect Osiris for trying to advance the sport and bringing it into the mainstream.
Chris- June 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm

"I look at it like my job. When you’re working in a grocery store bagging groceries, what’s the most memorable bag of groceries that you bagged?"

what an ass
Boneman- June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm
Ramapage is a good brawler and an even better entertainer....

But wake up Quentin...You don't see many High-Paid fights or fighters coming from third world countires. your damn taxes like the rest of us....or you may end up visiting your buddy Wesley Snipes....

God-Bless America and the democracy it brings...
stupid mma douche- June 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm
Rampage is a great ambassador for I'm going to put peanut butter on my balls and play with the dog.
Anonymous- June 26, 2008 at 4:42 pm
Lmao. You really don't want to give Rampage any credit, do you, Greg?
greg- June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm
this will be his real test,

1) eastman, just got beat by drew, easy win!
2) coked out chuck, easy win
3) dan , must have weight at least 20 lbs less than him, still didn't finish the fight. easy

i got my money on forest , take the odds on this one!!!!!!
TEMPLE- June 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm
I don't know if I would buy shoes from that guy! I'd get a pair from Kaleb Starnes, though...that guy knows how to run! Air Starnes.
KG- June 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm
Looks like Rampage lives in a condo or something. I have seen him twice in Irvine driving around a huge lifted camoflauged truck WITH HIM ON THE BACK. Yes, that is right.. he has a picture of himself on the back of his damn truck. Hes cool, but hes a little full of himself.
Ted Nutmeg- June 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm
Quinton Jackson opposes the government's unjust confiscation of his economic freedom to fund the policy preferences of others? Looks like I've got that whole "favorite fighter" thing figured out.
armbutt- June 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm
Wait, Rampage works in a grocery store?