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Rampage Jackson Slams Forrest Griffin, Talks Out of Own Ass

Former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson must really be feeling better. Apparently not content to have his name in the news just for felony charges and rumors of his November return to the Octagon, now he’s revisiting the topic of his loss to Forrest Griffin. Maybe he felt that his clash with “delirium” after the fight robbed him of the opportunity to talk about it, but he’s making up for lost time with this visit from the Ghost of Shit-Talking Past in a recent interview with the UK’s Fighter’s Only Magazine:

“I just want my fans to know, I was at my worst and Forrest was at his best – and I still beat him. …A man is not a man if he can’t ‘fess up to when he gets his ass kicked. See me, if I get my ass kicked I am like ‘yeah, I got my ass kicked’.

However, Jackson says that when he said those exact words at the end of the fight in July, “I was being sarcastic, because I really could not believe that it went the way it did”.

“I’m not a sore loser, shit happens. But I was hoping that Forrest would be a man and come out and say ‘You know what, I didn’t win that fight’, especially after he watched it.

“I wasn’t really sure, right at the end of the fight… I know he hurt me and punched me in the face a couple of times but I was bobbing and weaving and making him miss, stuff like that. I was hoping that he would come out later after he saw the fight and say ‘yeah, I saw the fight and I lost that fight.”

Daaaaaamn! First of all, Rampage really expected Griffin to come out after the fight and voluntarily say that he did not deserve to win the title? Has Rampage ever met any pro fighters? That’s just not their style. Especially with a fight that close, it’s standard operating procedure for both guys to claim they won and for both to go to their graves truly believing it. So basically Rampage wants Griffin to do what no other fighter, including him, would do in this situation.

And that brings us to the ‘sarcasm’ remark. As you loyal Potato Heads out there already know, we love sarcasm around here. In fact, we brought some statisticians in to crunch the numbers recently and they found that sarcasm accounts for exactly 74% of our writing (12% is devoted to untenable claims, 8% to factual inaccuracies, and 6% to bashing your favorite fighter). In other words, if we’re experts on anything, it’s sarcasm, and nothing about Rampage’s tone of voice or facial expression indicated that he was making an attempt at sarcasm. He didn’t even roll his eyes or mock Forrest’s voice!

He flat-out said that he got his ass kicked. Whether or not he believes it now, he appeared to believe it then. It’s fine to change your mind about it, but if he could have been convinced after the fight that he lost, isn’t reasonable for Forrest to still be convinced that he won?

Apparently not, says Rampage:

“After the fight, I said ‘I’ve got to give you a lot of respect, because you hurt my leg and you had a good game plan’,” he explains.

“But now, I don’t respect him as a man. Because if it was me, I would have said, ‘I have to give him a rematch right away, to remove all doubt’.

“I’m a man and when you fight it’s all about honour. I’m not angry at him or anything, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve lost respect for him as a man.”

Oh, well. At least he’s not angry at him. No animosity or anything. He just doesn’t respect him as a man. No biggie…

(See, now that’s sarcasm!)

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Anonymous- October 9, 2008 at 7:30 pm
anyone who thinks rampage won the fight is a fucking moron and doesn't know mma
E- October 8, 2008 at 2:38 am
Rampage won that fight 3 rounds to 2...if not 4 rounds 2 to 1......i dont see what the fuck the judges saw to give it to griffin....
Anonymous- October 8, 2008 at 2:37 am
Rampage won that fight 3 rounds to 2...if not 4 rounds 2 to 1......i dont see what the fuck the judges saw to give it to griffin....
Talbot- October 4, 2008 at 7:08 am
I like both of these fighters, but I believe that Jackson clearly won the fight. Jackson clearly won the first round (nearly stopping Griffin), Griffin clearly won the second round (hurting Jackson's leg), then Rampage won rounds 3 and 4, though they were fairly close. But one look at the face of either fighter should have been enough to settle the question; Rampage was barely marked, whereas Griffin was bleeding, bruised, and cut.

If Griffin was the champ and Rampage the challenger, I could understand a judge awarding a 48 - 47 victory, though I still would disagree with it. However, the challenger should have to take the belt from the champ definitively; that simply did not happen. What really happened: the more marketable and popular Ultimate Fighter winner was handed a bullshit victory by shady, biased judges. This crooked decision wasn't as bad as the utterly despicable hometown decision given to Bisping over Hamill simply b/c the UFC knows how marketable Bisping is in the UK, but it was disturbing nonetheless.

As for Rampage's immediate post-fight admission of defeat, I took it as a gracious display of humility. In addition, he probably really thought he lost at that moment b/c it is virtually impossible to form a fair and unbiased opinion of a fight that you are in. However, when he later viewed the tape, he saw what should have been clear to everyone: Rampage Jackson won the fight. As far as I'm concerned, Rampage is still the 205 Champion.
BobbyAnalog- September 1, 2008 at 7:57 pm
Has anyone chalked this one up to hype? I know it's a little hard when someone batshit insane like Rampage says it...but fighters say this kind of stuff all the time. While I think it's a little weird since a fight is not booked yet..I still think it's just hype (or crazy?). And for the record, Mr. lost that fight..we all saw it happen.
Dagnut- August 27, 2008 at 6:07 pm
I have to be honest I don't think rampage is that good..he matchs up well with Liddell(my new rap) ..managed to pick and slam rona after getting a beating..knocked out eastman..and beat a guy in henderson whos a middleweight.
I think Wanders gonna kill him, i think they will fight next, and that will be that.. he'll be back on the nose banger and to elite with ya..have a nice life fighting with freak shows
Plain old Kevin- August 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm
It is just too bad that they will not rematch right away because Forrest will lose the title when he fights again. Guess that just means that Rampage will have to kill him in a 3 rounder and probably get a TKO which will cause Forrest to cry again.
god's other white meat- August 27, 2008 at 2:00 am
the knees to the melon have come home to roost.
terrence- August 27, 2008 at 12:04 am
well yea i think griffin sux....but i dont think rampage is the greatest thing out there either.....neither of these clowns have a ground game and would get thrown in a submission by a lot of jiu-jitsu freaks.....and dont give me this take down defense shi*t cuz neither of them have it....bring back the longer rounds and real fighters cuz its a sad day when u call a talentless guy like forest champ
Earl- August 26, 2008 at 10:58 pm
I'd be more concerned with getting my azz sued into oblivion right now. No way there's not gonna be civil cases come outta that.
JPfighter- August 26, 2008 at 9:11 pm
Rampage is seriously in need of a mentor at this point in his career. Fact is, Griffin won. Fair, square, done. Close or not, Griffin won. Stop crying like a baby, get your lazy pick-up-truck-driving-jive-talkin-ass into the gym, train like the fighter that you once were, and get back into the ring. Simple. He needs to learn from guys like Wanderlei, GSP, etc., that accept losing, use it as motivation, and keep moving forward. Rampage should save his jaw-flapping for his comedic personality and great interviews, and stop the bitch-ass-whining. Less talk, more training, grow up, move on.
GWAR1170- August 26, 2008 at 8:35 pm
If you let the fight go to decision that is the chance you take.Even the people who think Rampage won admit it was close. As much as it is a "man-up"move to admit his loss to ninja I feel that whining about a close decision loss is far worse.
eibairborne- August 26, 2008 at 8:27 pm
True, there should be a rematch.
But I think we are seeing the making of another Tito!
FilmDrunk- August 26, 2008 at 8:20 pm
Whatever. It was a close fight, but Forrest won. That's all there is to it.
stuntz- August 26, 2008 at 7:29 pm
"So basically Rampage wants Griffin to do what no other fighter, including him, would do in this situation."

Actually Rampage immediatly admitted he lost to Ninja after their fight.
BIGBaldJosh- August 26, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Didn't we already have this convo- Quintin lost that fight and fo him to wait and then talk shit thats pretty sad- even for a guy facing jail time(haha)
tallsforeverybody- August 26, 2008 at 5:01 pm
Rampage will be a sad footnote in the world of combat sports inside of 15 months...dude has lost it.

Also, Rampage take note...the public does not want to see the champion defend his title "at his worst". You sir are not champion material.

You are also as trasparent as they come. Bye Bye one dimensional fighter guy.
DwordSon- August 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm
Of course Rampage expected Griffin to come out and say he lost the fight, in my mind he did as well. Forest is just not on the same level as rampage, and is definitely not the same caliber of athlete. Watch the old fight with rampage (Don't remember any details of who he was fighting or what organization.) but he wins a decision he knew he lost so he raises the other guys hand and gives him the that's a respectful athlete.
Craig- August 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm
omg are u kidding me? Forrest offered him a rematch after the fight!! that looney toon of an idiot rampage was too beaten to hear or remember it i guess!!

hey Rampage go fast you stupid mindless lemming, yeah follow religion!!
Macktheknife- August 26, 2008 at 4:17 pm
Half Amazing has a good point. I saw that fight and respected the hell out of Rampage for being honest about what happened, despite the fact that he really needed that W. So I suppose he does have some experience to stand on.
Jay Smith- August 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm
Me too neosamurai. If you know competitive fighting and there is a championship fight the saying goes, you have to beat the champ to be the champ. Forest never did BEAT the champ. He beat up on the champ......, but he got beat up on too. I'll even go so far as to give Forest a draw, but he did not WIN that fight. I'm also a Forest Griffin fan too.
mayhem420- August 26, 2008 at 4:08 pm
I like Rampage and all but that guy is a sore loser.
He did lose the fight and even said it after words. You know what suck it up and move on. Forrest even said that they would have to do this again, so go back to training.... get your head straight and when you earn another shot dont lose.
Just dont sit around and cry about it. GSP lost to Serra and he sucked it up came back and messed shit up. Maybe Rampage could learn a thing or 2 from GSP.
neosamurai- August 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm
i agree with Half Amazing,,, he just typed it faster but he is right
Half Amazing- August 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm
"First of all, Rampage really expected Griffin to come out after the fight and voluntarily say that he did not deserve to win the title? Has Rampage ever met any pro fighters? That’s just not their style."

When Rampage beat Ninja at PRIDE 29 by split decision, he didn't believe he won and he offered the trophy to Ninja, and when Ninja refused it, Rampage didn't take it...
garth- August 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm
i took a while to ponder those comments, and arrived at the conclusion that, god damn, rampage is a total jerkoff.