By Jason Moles
Last night Spike aired a thirty-minute ‘In the Moment’ mini-documentary on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson‘s training camp leading up to his UFC 130 main event tilt against Matt “The Hammer” Hamill this Saturday. While some of you may have watched it because you watch everything Zuffa puts on TV, others may have been more intrigued by the NBA finals or American Idol (you know who you are). So in case you missed it and want to know what Mr. T has been up to the past few weeks, follow us after the jump.
Before I get into the details of how boring this was and how I almost wished someone would have put me in a guillotine just to end the pain, I should at least remind you that Jackson was not the first choice for the show — it was Frankie Edgar. I’m sure changing subjects last-minute played a little part in the poor performance, kinda like Shogun. But, I digress…
Essentially the entire show can be summed up in one long run on sentence: This MMA fighter has a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde thing going on whereby “Quinton” Jackson has to train even though he hates it, while “Rampage” Jackson loves to take all the glory for it by putting on entertaining fights and knocking dudes out.
Like all of the other special shows Rampage has been on, you see his training consists of hitting pads with a little bit of running and swimming sprinkled in for good measure. This time Jackson even asked us not to make fun of him for wearing his robe to go swimming offering up the fact that he hates being wet and cold as his primary reason. Basically, he’s the MMA version of Garfield the cat.
Other noteworthy bits include Jackson’s head trainer talking about how much of a big kid he is while they show Rampage playing video games, his appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Jackson’s admission that he wishes he had more discipline and self-control. Even talks about making him take naps. No mention of whether or not they rock him to sleep or just call Wanderlei.
There is something to be said for a TV show about a guy who prides himself on being an entertaining fighter and yet completely drops the ball when the spotlight is on him. Hopefully he takes Hammil more seriously than he did ‘In the Moment’. If he doesn’t, I’m sure Lyoto Machida won’t mind the early Christmas present.