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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