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Rampage Jackson Could Be The Impetus Behind Zuffa Implementing Mandatory Anti-Sexual Harassment Training

(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMAHeat)

I’ve worked for several major corporations who mandated that their employees sit through mind-numbing lectures and videos detailing what comments and suggestive behavior constitute sexual harassment. There’s a thin line between what are regarded as harmless remarks like, “I like your dress,” or, “Nice haircut,” and what’s considered lewd.

I remember one video in particular that stands out. According to the, “sexual harassment expert” in the film, sexually suggestive comments and innuendos don’t become harassment until a set boundary between the two parties has been crossed. For example, when a woman tells a man that she doesn’t appreciate him making remarks about how her jeans fit or what he’d like to do to her, it becomes harassment when he makes them again.

If you look back at Quinton Jackson‘s history of dry-humping and sniffing the behinds of female reporters, it’s not surprising that he told MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant following his UFC 130 win over Matt Hamill Saturday night that he wanted to “motorboat” her and that she better get away from him before he “humps” her like he has other women interviewers like our own Heather Nichols.

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Nichols, who says she was in complete shock during the much ballyhooed incident, told Sports Illustrated that she thought about kneeing Jackson in the balls to get him off of her, but instead soldiered on through the interview.

“At first I was just shocked when he grabbed me, and all I could think was, ‘Oh my gosh, what is he doing?!’ Then I tried to play along a little bit because I knew he was trying to be funny, but after about the first 5-10 seconds, it was just plain awkward. I kept thinking, ‘What should I do? Knee him? Keep going?’ So I decided to keep asking questions, assuming he would stop if I did that,” Nichols explained. “So I asked another question, and he kept going. I asked ANOTHER question, and he kept going. At this point I was just freaking out, but still trying to be a professional and ask all the questions I was assigned to ask, and this has been interpreted by some viewers as me liking it and egging him on. This was definitely not the case. I was hired to do a job, which was to interview Rampage, so I decided to put up with his shenanigans and finish the interview.”

Under the somewhat loose definition of harassment policy of the company I used to be employed by, had she told him to stop, she would have a sexual harassment case if he continued to hump her. Because she didn’t and because she didn’t skip a beat and even laughed when it happened, it would be tough to prove harassment, but the fact is, there’s no question as to whether or not Rampage acted inappropriately.

Now, I’m all for a good laugh, but its incidents like these are partially what is keeping MMA from gaining real widespread mainstream acceptance.  Bob Reilly is probably sitting in his office as I type this working feverishly to  add the clip to his latest anti-MMA Powerpoint presentation he will be presenting to the New York State Assembly in the coming months. You can bet that the UFC adding mandatory anti-sexual harassment or sensitivity training to the agenda of next year’s UFC Fighter Summit, if it doesn’t before then.

Brett Favre’s incident with Jenn Sterger was the reason the NFL began its anti-sexual harassment training and policy and its safe to say Rampage will likely be the reason the UFC does the same, and so they should.

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mma mastermind- June 1, 2011 at 10:43 am
I do not agree much with this behaviors, this is unacceptable to many cultures we have today, i do believe rampage jackson should be fined atleast suspension, this not martial art friend
LOKI- May 31, 2011 at 9:06 am
Reminds me of when Tracy Morgan does interviews and says. "Sombody getting pregnant in here tonight!"
SnackDaddy- May 31, 2011 at 7:54 am
Rampage doesn't have to be guilty of assault to be acting inappropriately and here, he clearly stepped over the line. I also don't think it's fair on Bisping, Sonnen etc. to be lumped with Rampage because of their antics. It takes a special kind of asshole to be disrespectful to women.
Romanhelmut- May 31, 2011 at 5:28 am
Here is my interpretation....when Rampage stepped off camera he killed the cameraman in blue...then the female reporter started screaming and Rampage (now covered in the blood of his victim) lets out a sinister laugh and says "where you going sugar tits?"...he then proceeds to stalk her around the outside of the ring while the other fighters join in on the taunting....It ends with Rampage mounting her and letting out one of his famous ring howls....that is when the real fun begins. WELCOME TO RAMPAGE'S WORLD.
John A- May 31, 2011 at 3:08 am
I think I had my analysis of the first video wrong, and was ignoring the woman's body language earlier in the video before the actual humping begins. She clearly isn't into Rampage. She's not facing him, she's using her arm and the mic as a barrier, and she's not really smiling. In fact, it looks like she's a little intimidated by him. When he pulls her in and she really smiles that might just be a monkey's "don't hurt me" submissive smile. From there on it it could be she doesn't know what to do (which also fits with her story). Contrary to what I said about her not showing any distress, her turning away between questions and screwing up her face does indicate she's looking for escape routes and she's uncomfortable in the situation. Also, when she says "lucy liu" her voice sounds quite distressed. But then at the end of the video she strokes his chest. Maybe that's, umm, courtesy?

I am really in 2 minds about what was really happening in that video. Certainly if I am having this much trouble deciphering the situation though, Rampage had no chance!

Again, I'd love to hear another person's interpretation.
El Guapo- May 31, 2011 at 12:21 am
"Them there breezies ready, mang." - Rampage, John A
El Guapo- May 31, 2011 at 12:14 am
^John, THAT was some trippy shit, A! Can't believe I read it the whole way thru. You had me at 'incongruent' I guess. Anyhow, you sound like you know a thing or fifty about body language and I have to say I agree 100% with your assessment of both interviews.
John A- May 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm
I have been really curious about the first video with the cagepotato reporter for a long time, mostly because of the interview the lady gave afterward saying she was unhappy with what happened. To me this statement seems completely incongruent with her actions and is pretty strange. It is clear from the start Rampage is attracted to the reporter; you can tell by how he leans in, is facing her square on the whole time, and gives her his sexually predatory look. As soon as she says she has an idea for a romantic comedy starring both of them he obviously interprets this as an invitation. He must assume (as I did) that she wrote her own questions, so Rampage behaves the way he does when he does when he's trying to score - i.e. aggressively and confidently. At the instant he pulls her towards him she smiles a real smile. At no point during the dry humping does she appear to turn away her front, pull away, stop smiling, or show any sign of distress at all. Literally the only things I could see that could signal discomfort in the whole video (and I had to look hard after reading the woman's interview) is the microphone in the chest (but it doesn't seem like she's really pressing hard enough to give me the impression she's pushing him away) and the time she goes to read another question and her face relaxes to reveal what might be a little stress. People are saying she could have "said something". Forget saying something - Rampage is looking right at her, why wasn't there even some sort of clear nonverbal communication of discomfort at any time? I personally completely doubt Rampage would have continued if he didn't think she was into it.

Now onto Karyn Bryant. I can't see how what she is doing to be anything but flirting. She's standing right in his space, looking between his eyes and lips over and over, smiling coyly, softening her tone, using her shoulders to give cheeky glances, and tilting her neck. When Rampage starts his own style of "I'm alpha" flirting Karyn responds by smiling, leaning in, flicking her hair and revealing her inner wrist. At the very worst point of the debacle where Rampage goes to motorboat her breasts she actually moves them TOWARDS his face. I mean come on?

Now bigger picture - I completely understand that behaving this way with REPORTERS is completely inappropriate when conducting an interview. Clearly this is how Rampage behaves when he is trying to get women, and there is a very good reason for that: it works for him! This behaviour is not the result of him being misguided. This behaviour has very much been guided by his past experience and material feedback of such actions. Rampage, however, clearly has not realised he needs to not do this in certain situations: i.e. to reporters in recorded interviews. This I believe is the only thing he needs to correct in his behaviour. Actually I think in general his behaviour in interviews is absolutely despicable and sets the image of the sport the majority of responsible participants are attempting to foster back a decade.

I would be really interested to read the opinions of another body language analyst on these two videos.

Also, just to be clear, I am no fan of Rampage. I think he is a fucking moron, and I cannot believe someone who caused the death of an unborn baby is greeted with such warmth by MMA fans. I think he is the scum of the earth.
Get Off Me- May 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Check out the link to CagePotato article.
I did not think Duffee was relevant enough to cite and I love Henderson too much to bring him up in a bad light, so I shit on Sonnen. From what I know, Randy changed his diet quite a long time ago and began drinking some seriously green liquids and this has served him well. Also check out my post at the bottom..
LOL at Linland on the juice...he spoke to kizer about exemptions.
AussieJosh- May 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm
They both loved it! you could see it in there faces and there body language! If they did not like it they could say fuck off! I bet if Roy Nelson started dry humping that girl she would of asked him to stop or pushed him away.
Chiggs- May 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Hey Get Off Me, guess you dont know much about Randy then do ya?? Cuz he's been on TRT therapy for YEARS, same for Lindland. Fer fucksakes go find the Rogan interview where he talks about how its such a 'miracle' for Couture...
RSparrow- May 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Shite? Phucks? I like your points, but those keys aren't hard to get to
JC- May 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Why don't we get rid of the ring girls, and, while we're at it, all the heterosexual fighters in MMA?

This is the worst shite I have ever seen published on this site.
JC- May 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm
In many ways MMA's popularity has been a REACTION to the Political Correctness running amok in our society.

It has been a vestige of primal, and very male, behaviour in a society that has increasingly tried to suppress such men. And women who value male behaviour.

I frankly hate PC weenies and other phuks who try to socialize and micromanage all of society, to ensure their own comfort and that there are no sharp edges or hard surfaces to be found anywhere.

Lay the phuk off Rampage, wuss. If he behaves like an asshole, a free society has ways of sorting him out.
JC- May 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Just what we need: an EXTENSION into MMA of the pro-victim, stupid, cowardly, totalitarian belief system known as Political Correctness.

You should cover another sport.

If Rampage got into the physical space of another person, was told to step off and persisted, he is guilty of assault.

Reporters would then be obliged to avoid Rampage thereby punishing him with a loss of publicity and reputation. Period.

No need to get government and the courts involved.

And idiotic behavior by individual fighters has DICK ALL to do with the acceptance of MMA by the mainstream.

Just out of curiosity, who said MMA NEEDS to be accepted by the mainstream general public to any greater extent than it already is?

Why not get the violence out of MMA, too, while you're at it? That would reeeeeeally bring the rest of the public on board.

Aryan- May 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm
People need to shut the fuck up about him acting crazy. Go watch oprah. This isnt for you.
Get Off Me- May 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm
thanks for paying out big time at UFC 130!
Get Off Me- May 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm
@Buff Frank Mir
Testosterone is a steroid. It's not like you inject something into your body called steroids. So yes Chael was accused of taking steroids. Please tell me what testosterone therapy involves if you do not think steroids(like test, boldenone, primobolan etc...). There is not some magical testosterone out there that is not considered or classified as a steroid when it comes to injecting it into your body.
What's silly is that the comission is allowing exemptions, imagine any other pro sport allowing athletes to take steroids and continue to perform. I was just pointing out that sexual harrassment is the least of the UFC's or MMA's worries.
I'm more a fan of Natural Selection(Darwin) than Chael Sonnen.
Yes athletes like wrestlers who cut weight do experience side effects that come with it(lowered testosterone over time)but if Randy ain't applying for steroid exemption(or testosterone therapy as many like to call it).
mt59801- May 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm
THAT POOR GIRL! Where the fuck was
Dana "Captain Save-a-Ho" White on this one?????????????????????????
halfbreed23- May 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm
David_Banner is silly
hooligun- May 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm
MORE antics please ;)
dreamtime- May 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Rampage can't be going around humping reporters. Whether the woman is playing along or not, it not appropriate. It's not good for MMA. It's not good for women. And it's not good for Rampage. One of these days he just might get a call from one of these women's attorneys. One of the things that I've liked about MMA is that most of the fighters, most of the time, show respect, intelligence and class (not all). With more antics like this MMA fighers will decend to the level of boxing where too many of the fighters come off sounding like A-holes, thugs, or classless people.
Your Dumb- May 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Damn... BEs website has an article up that technically has it dry humping CP.

They put you guys on blast!
Buff Frank Mir- May 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Chael had testosterone replacement theropy. Which is obviously allowed since a lot off other fighters have used this. He just didn't report it like he was supposed to. I read an article how it is not uncommen for wrestlers who have wrestled there whole life to need this procedure.
Your Dumb- May 30, 2011 at 11:58 am
Am I the only one who remember Mike Tyson telling female reporters he wouldn't answer their questions unless they've fornicated with him? Like during press conferences.