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Rampage to Make New Home at Wolfslair

(Big mistake.)

With Juanito Ibarra out of his life, Quinton Jackson was down a trainer and a business manager. But according to Fighters Only Magazine, he’s found both at Wolfslair Academy, the Liverpool, England-based MMA team that’s home to UFC fighters Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly. Jackson has signed a three-year deal that will make Wolfslair responsible for managing all aspects of his career, from training camps to securing sponsorships. According to gym co-owner Anthony McGann:

“After the Forrest fight, he felt that his training hadn’t been quite right. He was deeply disappointed in his performance and he felt like he needed to change some things in his life. He came to us as we’ve all been friends for a long time. He feels that training in England can help him focus, which can be difficult in California because of his star status. He’s relatively unknown in England…He will be training when he can in England and the Wolfslair will be running his camps up in Big Bear when he is preparing for his fights.”

Oddly, McGann mentioned that Jackson’s split with Juanito Ibarra was amicable, and they parted on good terms — which runs contrary to every other report on the subject. As for Jackson, he seems very enthusiastic about his new camp, since their vibe seems to mesh with his own:

“I feel like Wolfslair can make me go farther than I have been; I’m really excited about being able to travel there to train. The guys on the team, they like to laugh and joke around but they train hard and that’s me, that’s what I like to do.

What better team to join than one called Wolfslair? I’m a werewolf. It was my destiny. People don’t understand destiny but I do. Wolfslair is the most perfect team for me.

I like the tea, I like the ‘birds’ (English slang for women), and I like the culture. I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about British culture — because America really doesn’t have one (laughs).”

So that’s how it is? You’re in England for two minutes and you’re already hating on America? Jeers, Rampage! Nah, for real though, it’s not very comforting to hear him talking about “destiny” again — or being a werewolf for that matter — and Bisping aside, the talent pool at Wolfslair is pretty damn shallow. We get that Rampage needs to be in a place where he feels comfortable right now. But he also needs a crew that will kick his ass and help take his game to the next level. Will he be able to find that across the pond?

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Solo- December 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm
Rampage, gd 4 u to like da brits, but it aint cool to sh;t on yo' home country.
i wish ya luck with da birds too, just dont catch any bird flu.

anyhow, u dissin your home turf aint cool
The Bloc- August 28, 2008 at 3:17 am
As "you cant fix" said, i dont understand this move, what's the point of moving to a gym where you wont be challenged...i never really liked Rampage, but at least i respected him...lately it feels like he's just lost his mind and takes stupid decisions on whims.
budgetmmafan- August 28, 2008 at 12:07 am
I didn't think people facing felony charges were allowed to leave the country
axhed- August 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm
no way in hell is rampage trying to hide from the law in england. we have extradition treaties with all of western europe, and probably 90% of eastern europe too.
Matt D.- August 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm
Rampage is an idiot. He reminds me of one of those people you know growing up who immediately accepts any new thing he finds 100% only to later become disillusioned. I just hope he never runs into a cult.
you cant fix stupid says- August 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm
stupid is as stupid does. ignorance, plain and simple. never go to a fight camp where you are the best person there, who will you learn from?
B-tard- August 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm
It's probably a better thing he's going to the UK now when he "takes the left side mirror off a pregnant ladies car" there's a lesser chance of him killing a baby.
jeffmac- August 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Well I was a fan. Posted recently saying I would have given him a ride home from his cluster f*ck of a pursuit he was in. Now I dislike him. Don't even hint at anything anit-american. We are a young county which is a HUGE melting pot. We don't have culture? We have more culture than anyone else on this planet!!!!
Ls18- August 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm
I'm English and trust me, every MMA fan in England knows about 'Page's new found crazy-ness. Going to Manchester for some Culture and focus? If by Culture and focus, he means Drugs and learning how to rob houses, good move I'd say.
Black03Marauder- August 27, 2008 at 1:38 pm
We'll see how much he likes british culture when the brits start keying his monster truck on a weekly basis.
Apexified- August 27, 2008 at 1:29 pm
Yeah, listen to YHM and stop expressing your opinions and speculations, that's not what a comments section on the internet is for...

Young, Hairy and Mexican- August 27, 2008 at 1:11 pm
Yeah ok, because all you ID!OTS know whats best for someones life right? Let the man be! If it makes him happy then so be it. Lets wait to see him in action again b4 we start judging if it was indeed a bad move.
Vrax- August 27, 2008 at 1:11 pm
I dunno a lot of people with bi-polar take comfort in calling them selves lycanthropes.
Old, Bald and Irish- August 27, 2008 at 12:51 pm
Wow...can you say "epic FAIL waiting to happen"?

Ditto to what "Juicehead" said. I wish the man the best, but this does not sound like a sound decision.

Two things that trouble me. I hate to bring them up, but I can't avoid them:

1.) Is it just me, or could Dana and the UFC be behind this in some way? The UFC is really trying to break out in the UK. Maybe there was some "incentive" for Rampage to go there and create another marquee UK fighter besides Bisping?

2.) Could this also be tied to Rampages legal troubles? In no way am I saying that Rampage is trying to run from the law. But as Mr McGann stated in the article:

"He feels that training in England can help him focus, which can be difficult in California because of his star status. He’s relatively unknown in England."

Could it be that Rampage's legal troubles could be more of a problem for his career in the US as opposed to the UK? That his image won't be as tarnished on the other side of the pond? I mean, the UK has their set of well known celebrities, and vice-versa for the US. There are plenty of well known Brits that wouldn't get a second glance in any big US city. I'm sure that it works both ways. This would give him a chance to be known as a fighter and not the crazy guy who drove the miscarriage-mobile.
Jim- August 27, 2008 at 12:50 pm
Let's put a bit of perspective on this:

The UK has some of the best Muay Thai coaches in the world. Dave Jackson from the Wolfslair worked with Rampage and Kongo for their bouts at UFC 75. GSP's Muay Thai coach is a brit.

The Wolfslair also has black belt BJJ coaches and a solid 'team/family' ethic.

He's still going to be working out day to day in the US although the coaches and team will potentially travel to him for fight camps.
Kissenger- August 27, 2008 at 12:35 pm
I could be wrong, but this looks to me like a bad move.

Bisping will be a good sparring partner for Rampage, but Rampage won't learn much from him. He should have went to AKA.
Juicehead- August 27, 2008 at 12:11 pm
I love the man, but how can Rampage make poor decision after poor decision continuously for the last 8 years? He has so much talent, its a god-damn shame he just never got surrounded by the right people. I wish him the best, I really do, but this does not seem like it is going to have a happy ending.