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Exclusive: Rampage Jackson Says He Didn’t Ask For Fight With Wanderlei Silva, But He’ll Take It

In our recent talk with him, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson said it wasn’t his idea to take on Wanderlei Silva in his first fight back in the UFC since losing his title in July.  The fight he asked for?  A rematch with Forrest Griffin.  The UFC, apparently, had other plans for him.

“Fighting is my job.  That’s how I look at it. I didn’t ask for Wanderlei.  I wanted a rematch with Forrest.  But I don’t get to pick my fights.  I fight the ones they give me, and they’re giving me Wanderlei.”

After everything that’s happened, Rampage seems more convinced than ever that he deserved to win the fight against Griffin.

“I still think I won that fight.  I was the champ, and I think I did enough in that fight to stay the champ.  You’re supposed to have to take the title away from the champion, and he didn’t do that.  Even though it goes down on my record as a loss, I feel like I won that fight.

“I don’t see how anyone could give him that first round.  I don’t know how a guy can get dropped and win the round.  The judges must have been picking their noses or something, but I still feel like I won.”

Jackson was hesitant to comment on the situation that led to his split with Juanito Ibarra, but when asked about Tito Ortiz’s claims that Ibarra had been overcharging him for training camps, Jackson responded, “That was the small part of it.  That was just one little thing he did.”

He says he hasn’t spoken to Ibarra since their split, and doesn’t intend to because “he’s just not a good person for me to be talking to.”

As for how the media spotlight coming into UFC 92 might affect him, coming off a loss and very public legal troubles, Jackson was quick to play down the extent of the pressure, particularly when it comes to winning and losing.

“This is why I miss Japan.  American fans need to understand that there are no losers sometimes.  Two guys go in there and one’s got to win and one’s got to lose.  Every fight can’t be a draw, but if they both fight hard and do their best, there are no losers.  Japanese fans understand that.  American fans, they just want to be on your side when you’re winning.  I don’t worry about what people think about me.  I’m a fighter.  It’s my job.”

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anonymousalcaholic- December 24, 2008 at 8:02 am
this says it all he dont want any part of Wanderlei

Wand by Murder Round 1!!!
Anytime you like- December 23, 2008 at 12:24 pm
You are the racist, whats with the cracker comment. That is the only racist comment in this thread...YOURS!!!! But I am sure your a chicken shit...tough guy on the keyboard... Remember pussies come in all COLORS shapes and sizes....
Anonymous- December 23, 2008 at 7:29 am
Rampages head is just very very large anyway. I've seen him up close. Actually, a lot of fighters seem to have large melons.

Wand- December 23, 2008 at 1:57 am
You can almost (almost) compare his head to Tito´s.
Jefe Maro- December 22, 2008 at 11:57 pm
Ouch! That hurts redeems this post with that last funny f'n comment
cr_trinity- December 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm
Did the Ol Skool UFC Fan change his name to TUF Guy or what?
Wildcard- December 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm
Rampage makes an excuse for every fight he has lost, his PRIDE debut:"Oh they poisoned my food." I mean what the fuck, is this some spanish soap-opera he said he was sick for the Shogun fight, then he claims that Shogun was the best fighter he has ever fought.

Quinton listen up man your not a fighter quit the fucking UFC and stick to Mosnter Truck Shows I'm sure there will be an audience for that.
Criminally Negligent - December 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm
If there really are no winners and losers then why is he so concerned with whether or not people think he "lost" to Forrest?... maybe instead of championship belts we should just give out participation medals to everyone like you got at your elementary school track-meet that way it's easier for their moms to convince them "they really are as athletic as the kids from across town but those kids can just afford the better shoes/grappling shorts that make them run faster/win close decisions..."
Ouch! That hurts- December 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm
This is great, troll on troll violence!
ihatejardine!!alot- December 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm
RAMPAGE YOU LOST THE FIGHT!!! 46-49 Forrest out boxes you, beat you up on the ground, and kicked the shit out of or leg! the whole fight!
i have seen UFC 86 3 time every time i saw it i thought forrest won more!
i am a fan of rampage but i think less of him for being a sore losser and a bad sportmen.

rampage will get KO'ed this fight and still think he won and it was bull shit!!

rampage grow up!!!!!
my father gave me that truck u fucking wrestler- December 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm
yr just bitter cos your greasy fat grandmother was a peasant settler who got 4 balled for half an apple.and yr dad cleans bus windows with his tongue for fun thats for tuf guy ha ha you slut.and turd sandwich its funny how we existed long before yr arse and am english you toss piece and proud to be you set off spaf collectors ha ha ha tell both yr mums to get a fucking shave to its geting prikly down thier.
my father gave me that truck u fucking wrestler- December 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm
no you kicked those peasant vietnamese asses ha ha ha yr weak ha ha ha ha ha
Aaron- December 22, 2008 at 3:06 pm
If you don't care what people think about you then why do you miss Japan?
my father gave me that truck u fucking wrestler- December 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm
tuf guy 9 11 is the time i shaged yr mums pink ass tuesday morning so i dont expect you to forget.ha ha ha americans stink of fear and vegetable matter tuf guy would piss his little boy pants if he was in iraq
Sodak- December 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm
i'm sick of people saying don't leave it in the judges hands. why the fuck not!? thats their job its not hard to judge an mma fight. all you have to do is watch it and you can tell who won its not likle boxing where they count 300 punches. the whole crowd bood the forest decision, not because forrest was unpopular but because any fucking idiot could tell he didn't win that fight. promotions need to simply not validate bullshit wins and have immediate rematches.
R-Dubble- December 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm
Yeah Rampage won... he's the goofy white guy with the ears that stick out right...
Sancho- December 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm
"I eat babies. It's my job."
Clyde- December 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm
Is turdsandwich a jew who loves hippies or a does he love jewish hippies?

Anyway, most fans of anything are arseholes, American, Japanese, British they're all the same.

And I really wanted rampage to win and I thought it was close but I had to give it to forrest just like the judges did.

I'd still love rampage to win this time though. I'd hate to see this be like shamrock/ortiz.
Remsaa- December 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm
I was sitting on my ass in my home booing Fihlo vs Sonnen.

I'm all for admiring fighters for giving it their all but if someone needs a boo, i'll give it to them.

TurdSandwich- December 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm
MFGMTTUFW it's okay cuz the rest of the world would not subsist without America we literally help everyone and I do mean everyone.
TUF Guy- December 22, 2008 at 1:30 pm
@ my father gave me that truck

Go back to Albania or whatever country you are from. Europe is the Armpit of the world you should thank us for not turning you into a glassbowl. Now go back to guarding our missle defence shield you puppet !

Americans ! 9/11 ! United we Stand !

Americans are the biggest and most bad-ass people on the world. Nobody wants to mess with us. NO BAHDY

SoCal- December 22, 2008 at 1:26 pm
@ my father gave me that truck u fucking wrestler:

Maybe you should change your screen name to my father gave me a keyboard so I could be an internet tough guy?

...I'm just sayin
my father gave me that truck u fucking wrestler- December 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm
old bald and irish why you call yr self that yr american you should call yr self old bald probly never seen ireland.u turn coat peice of shit i hope you try steal my fathers truck so i can stomp yr fat bald fake irish kubala reading head should call yr self marcus ha ha ha
sol- December 22, 2008 at 1:04 pm
if i remember correctly and im pretty sure I don't I think when Brock Lesnar fought Heath Herring, whichever state that was in, the fans were great. They were cheering the ground action more then the stand up.

Im not generalising American Fans but the vast majority boo anything that isnt kicking the crap outta each other and definitely the British Fans are the same.
Bas Ruttens Daddy- December 22, 2008 at 12:59 pm
Your a dumbshit! Grow up!