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Rampage Jackson Can’t Wait to Quit MMA

(Life: It’s more about the journey than whether you actually beat Travis Pastrana in arm wrestling. Pic: Zimbio)

Ah, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. At this point, we honestly don’t know if we should applaud the guy for his honesty or criticize him for continuing to waste everybody’s time. After conducting a lengthy interview with the former UFC light heavyweight champion recently wherein it becomes painfully apparent that the guy just can’t bring himself to be terribly dedicated to fighting anymore, maybe Five Knuckles says it best. As the MMA website quips in the very first line of its resulting story about Jackson: “You can call Quinton “Rampage” Jackson a lot of things, but dedicated isn’t necessarily one of them.”

Dude, ouch. Then again, that seems like a pretty apt description anymore. Heading into his upcoming bout with Matt Hamill at UFC 130, Rampage claims he’s training hard, but says he hasn’t bothered to chase down any film on Hamill and even admits he “doesn’t know a whole lot” about the guy. Really? You don’t know a whole lot about Matt Hamill? Interesting. Anyway, a bit later on Jackson flat out admits he’s just biding his time until he can find another movie role that will compensate him as much or more than his current UFC contract.

“As soon as movies start paying me more than I make to fight, I’m gone,” Jackson says. “It don’t hurt to make movies. It don’t hurt that bad. Every day I train. Every day I’m like, ‘Man, I can’t wait until I get another big movie’ … I don’t have the type of blood Randy Couture has. I give it up to him. I take my hate (sic) off to that guy, but I’m not that guy. I don’t plan on fighting until I’m 40. And I’m not Chuck Liddell. I’m not coming to work inside the UFC office when I retire. That’s not me. I’m an entertainer, I like making people laugh. I like doing movies, action moves and stuff like that. I might even try to be a comedian one day, who knows?”

Again, hard to blame the guy. Fighting is hard work and by comparison the movie business – with its trailers and craft services and production assistants who’ll just back down from any confrontation over who is the real “faggot” – probably seems like paradise. On the other hand, the very fact that being a fighter is so hard is precisely what makes Jackson’s admission that he doesn’t really like doing it anymore so troubling. Don’t know about you, but we’re not sure this is the right sport for half-assers. Conventional wisdom says that it’s going to be hard to continue to compete at MMA’s highest level when your level of deciation is in any way less than 100 percent. Not sure it’ll translate to those “exciting” fights everyone is always hungry for, either.

Oh, and also? Please God, for the love of all things sacred and holy, please never let “Rampage” Jackson get near a live microphone on a public stage in any kind of “comedic” type setting. That would just be bad news for everyone.

But anyway, by way of closing we’d like to leave you with one final quote from Jackson about his recently reported nightclub run-in with longtime rival Rashad Evans. While Jackson disputes the previously alleged version of the encounter – we’ll save you the details on that – he admits slapping Evans. Rampage just wants everyone to know that the whole thing was Rashad’s fault, since Rashad approached him when he’d been drinking. Hanging out in a night club. Just trying to be a human being.

“He wouldn’t rub me the wrong way if he wasn’t the one walk up to me in a night club, where I have to smack him,” Jackson says. “In a night club, most likely, I’d been drinking and that’s the worst time to get on my nerves …. If I’m in a night club and I’m kickin’ it with some girls and I’m on the dance floor, I’m just being a human being, don’t come bother me. Don’t come try and take a picture, don’t come ask me, don’t come challenge me and don’t say no B.S. to me … He knows the only reason he beat me is because I was rusty and I was injured.”

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SnackDaddy- May 10, 2011 at 7:20 am
I give him props for being honest. You can expect that from Rampage. Even after the Machida fight, he just accepted he had lost even though he had won.
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Dog Dicks Magoo- May 10, 2011 at 5:44 am
Matt Hamill won't even hear rampage coming.....Wait what?
El Guapo- May 10, 2011 at 1:25 am
El Guapo- May 10, 2011 at 1:25 am
Intercept... Skip to the 3:44(I think) mark for some Sugar Shad stanky leg action. And then do the Carlton dance for good measure.
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darciesdaddy- May 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm
RwilsonR, I agree. Hamill is the Jorge Gurgel of wrestling. They both like to ignore their strength and pretend to be strikers.
djp1988- May 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Rampage is going to warm up the 130 crowd by dry humping every woman in the front row before his fight.
Me likey- May 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm
hence the ,if he is smart, clause i put in.
XxStifflerxX- May 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Well he may or may not get paid more now that Rampage vs Hamill is the NEW main event since Maynard and Edgar fight has been canceled. SMH…..
XxStifflerxX- May 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Well he will may or may not get paid more now that Rampage vs Hamill is the NEW main event since Maynard and Edgar fight has been canceled. SMH.....
intercept440- May 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm
uhhmm el guapo , he didnt do nothing to rashad but lose that fight....i dont what stanky leg to rashad your talking about ..unless it was rampages comedy about machida making him do the stanky leg. when they was on TUF
pogodog7- May 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Rampage is the total package. Personality, humor and charisma. He should have been the guy to take over the Bourne Identity series.
Rampages Conscience- May 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm
It's articles like this that I really appreciate my name. That man is full of more internal conflict than Pakistan.
RwilsonR- May 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm
@ Me likey - Putting Rampage on his back isn't so easy when your gameplan is to ignore your wrestling and use slow, surprisingly powerful clubbing blows while you use your chin to block your opponent's punches.
Rampage takes this by Hamill stupidly ignoring his strengths.
cecils_pupils- May 9, 2011 at 11:59 am
^^^he can take his pants off to Rashad. ;) Now that's some comedy!
kellyman- May 9, 2011 at 11:31 am
I don't think "I take my hate off to that guy" was a typo. That's exactly what he meant. He doesn't take his hate off to Rashad, though
DangadaDang- May 9, 2011 at 11:26 am
If the world needs anything right now its a sequel to a 2010 action movie based off a TV show from the 80's which was in itself a parody of other action movies made in the 80's.
ExpectJesusBro- May 9, 2011 at 11:12 am
@ Uppercut Magnet...
You could hire him as long as you pay more than his UFC contract. Which, I think after this fight will be at rock bottom prices...
ExpectJesusBro- May 9, 2011 at 11:10 am
I gotta give the edge to Hamill. Rampage is gonna look like Hendo, holding that right fist just waiting for an opening against Bisbing... Sad, Because Bisbing has no wraslin' ability, and Hamills just gonna put 'Page on his ass. lay and pray Hamill. Lay and pray. I can't see this fight being exiting unless, Hamill nails that Cro-cop head kick like he did to Munoz. That was pretty slick.
Uppercut Magnet- May 9, 2011 at 11:06 am
My dream of fighting rampage was what inspired my username.
ExpectJesusBro- May 9, 2011 at 11:05 am
I pity this fool. He thinks he can act!
Me likey- May 9, 2011 at 11:03 am
@dim mak
left hook to chin is hard to do off your back. if hamill is smart he will put him on his ass and let page gas out. if he wasn't in shape to fight rashad in a grudge match then i seriously doubt he will be in shape to fight a guy he doesn't even watch tape of.
Stak40- May 9, 2011 at 10:57 am
Hate me if you want to but I liked A Team and thought Rampage did well. Dont see him starring as a lead in any blockbuster but could ok in a supporting role.
dim mak- May 9, 2011 at 10:50 am
he probably won't need to watch much tape to beat hamil. left hook to chin--that's about all rampage needs to know.