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Uh Oh…Quinton Jackson’s Coach Says He’s Trying to ‘Bring Back the Old Rampage’ for Machida Fight

(Rampage is banking on Gibson’s knowledge being greater than Steven Seagal’s.)

If you aren’t familiar with the general consensus at that when a fighter whose career has been sagging claims to be bringing back an incarnation of his or her former self, it’s usually bullshit and nine times out of 10 said fighter loses in dramatic fashion in their next fight.

Hopefully for Quinton Jackson’s sake there’s a loophole in the rule that says when a fighter’s trainer makes the comment, it doesn’t have the same repercussions or else he’s going to be in for a long (or short) night on Saturday night at UFC 123 against Lyoto Machida.

In an interview with MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta Jackson’s new coach Lance Gibson says he is bringing back the old Rampage, only a new and improved version — so we’re not quite sure which one it is: the old one or the new improved one.

"I’m bringing back the old Rampage, but new and improved plus more," Gibson said. "The guy with takedowns, slams, punches, kicks. The man’s got vicious kicks and elbows, and nobody’s seen it yet because he had a manager and trainer who was just a boxer, and he got him in that state of mind. But now he’s ready to go."

"How did he do it?" you might ask. The answer is simple according to Gibson: he made training fun.

"The difference between last camp and this one is apples and oranges," Gibson told MMA Fighting. "His mentality, everything is superb. He’s having more fun, you notice he’s smiling more. He’s enjoying himself. He trained really hard for this fight and he’s excited to show it."

Translation: "We didn’t work him too hard and we didn’t push him during conditioning training, which he always says he has hated so don’t expect his cardio to be great for the fight."

Jackson says he chose to stick around California to train with Gibson and a handful of "secret training partners" (meaning nobody we would know) for the camp to be with his family rather than travel to the UK to again train at Wolfslair with guys like Michael Bisping and Cheick Kongo.

"Lance is an excellent coach and I really like the training camp we had the first fight, but it’s like I never got the chance to showcase the things that he taught me because the first camp with him was so hard [because I was out of shape from being a lazy actor]," Rampage explains. "The fight made it hard to do the stuff I was taught. Hopefully this fight I can showcase the things I was taught."

If you can’t remember where you may have heard the name Lance Gibson before, he fought at UFC 24, defeating Jermaine Andre by KO and was knocked out by Evan Tanner at UFC 29.

On his website homepage, The Port Moody, BC, Canada resident claims that he was the number one Shooto fighter in the world in 2002, despite only fighting once that year and losing and also that he was the UFC 124 middleweight fight champion, so we’re taking what he says with a grain of salt.

It sounds like he was able to smooth talk Jackson into believing that he is a reputable striking coach even after he cornered him for the first time in decision loss against Rashad Evans — a bout that saw the former light heavyweight champion throw only 27 strikes to his opponent’s 61 (he threw 80 in his previous fight when he beat Keith Jardine).

If things don’t work out for Rampage in the fight, he’ll probably change things up for the next one and head back to Wolfslair where he is still listed as a member of the British MMA academy’s pro team.

Although only one fighter with a decidely different style than his charge has beaten Machida, the Canadian trainer who was nicknamed "Fearless" early on in his fight career is confident he has figured out how to beat the enigmatic karate stylist.

"Pretty much you’ve got to be the predator and make him the prey," Gibson said. "I’ve watched Lyoto for years. Great fighter, but I couldn’t figure out why people weren’t catching him. Obviously Shogun [Rua] did. It’s there, but people have been mystified by that little bit of awkward movement he uses. Don’t focus on what he does. Do whatever you’re going to do. That’s what we focus on."

Really?  That’s all it takes to beat Machida?

I can’t believe nobody ever figure that out. Now I can understand why Gibson’s gym has so many reputable fighters.

All of the guys in this video had the same idea, but catching Machida is easier said than done.

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LanceJr- April 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Well hey look who won... to the guy who made the article, why dont you go to gibson's and ask to spar mr gibson? guarantee you will regret everything and its funny because all of the reputable fighter? if you did your research youd know of julia budd who completely demolished the face of mma in a muay thai bout, youd know of me, Lance Gibson Jr, who has trained for 14 years now im 16 and i am a U.S national all american, took 5th in nationals, 1st in state and 3rd in freestyle state. I'd just would like to say not to hide behind your computer screen like a little pussy, and visit the gym see what you can do, ill even spar you if that makes you feel better :)
PERPATRAITOR- November 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Rampage has to get machida into a brawl and that is his chance. I think trying to hold down machida for GNP is way too tiring for rampage. Rampage is great at throwing hooks while defending so that's his shot. Even though rampage is the underdog, who the fuck else do you fight against machida!? I like the matchup but rampage would own most lhw's. (even a rematch with rashad)
MonsterMaulingAss- November 20, 2010 at 11:36 am
PS: to say lyoto has better wrestling than rampage is just pure asinine
MonsterMaulingAss- November 20, 2010 at 11:30 am
Rampage has a very good chance of beating machida if he reincorporates his wrestling. If he would change levels mixing up his takedowns with his hands it will make machida more cautious about throwing kicks, which we all know hes gonna do. Machidas plan is gonna consist of staying outside and hammer page's legs and ribs with kicks, and if page becomes consistent with solid takedowns(which he DOES have) he can win rounds, maybe even finish the dragon in similar fashion shogun did. Page has been WAY to predictable since hes been in the ufc, all hes gonna do is stalk you to land a hook, if he becomes the old page and starts slamming again then he'll once again become a SERIOUS threat to ANYONE at 205. Mix it up Page, only then will he have the chance to fight for that title again.
MoTropolis- November 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm
I actually want Page to beat Lyoto and get back in title contention, but the only way he is gonna beat Lyoto is with a lifted Ford pick up.
Meaot- November 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm
Well shit. With 'Page training with badasses from Gibson's gym like the beast of the 75lb division Jacob McWhirter Machida's fucked and he knows it.
cripplerfan1988- November 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm
That's an old ass picture of Gibson!
mtnthc- November 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

lmfao, my vote for comment of the week!
Gladheateher- November 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Rampage looked pretty dehydrated during the weight ins. he needed to lean on his trainer to take his clothing off. Karo also looked as fat as he ever has. BJ prolly ate a Hawaiian pig for his training.
Gladheateher- November 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Rampage looked pretty dehydrated during the weight ins. he needed to lean on his trainer to take his clothing off. Karo also looed as fat as he ever has. BJ prolly ate a Hawaiian pig for his training.
cecils_pupils- November 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Oh no he di-in't!
MoTropolis- November 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I can see Lance Gibson shouting from Page's corner now, "Rampage, just let your SOUL GLOOOOO!!!".
KidDinomite- November 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm
The only way Machida loses is if he gets caught with a hook by Rampage. That's the reason he lost to Shogun, he got caught with a hook to the temple that sent him to the floor where Shogun was able to capitalize on his loss of equilibrium. Otherwise, he was winning the second fight. He had a takedown and was controlling the fight up til he got caught. I think we're gonna see a totally different Machida, possibly even a more aggressive Machida as he's been fine tuning his kickboxing at AKA. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Machida wins by KO here. I will say Rampage definitely has a puncher's chance. The dude has great hands and a lot of power, so if he lands a good shot, Machida's done but I expect him to be as elusive as ever.
RSparrow- November 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Pictured above "The Un-fuckables"
PortlandMMA- November 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm
The Patrick Trainer guy up there looks like he's 83 years old too.
PortlandMMA- November 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm
^ I think he is like 12.

Also it looks like Lance Gibson has raptor arms.
darciesdaddy- November 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm
Are my eyes bad, or is that guy training a 75 pound fighter?
jimbonics- November 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm
My Eyes! The CP Bans do nothing!
El Guapo- November 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Patrick Trainier(top row, second from right) = Dan Quinn in 20 years

Behold the amazing powers of stevia..
agentsmith- November 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Rampage's style is tailor-made to feed right into Machida's. If Forrest Griffin was able to avoid getting bombed and light him up with leg kicks, Machida is going to flat-out school him.
LOKI- November 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Lyoto is a way better wrestler than Rampage. Unless Page's secret training partners are Batman(no not Pregolino the real one) and Chuck Norris, I'd say hes proper fucked.
Gladheateher- November 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Expect to see Rampage get beat. Not to say he cant win, he only has a punchers chance. Going in for the take down is the best way Rampage can dominate this fight. He should have had Chael and Fitch train him.
MoTropolis- November 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm
"If you can't remember where you may have heard the name Lance Gibson before, he fought at UFC 24, defeating Jermaine Andre by KO and was knocked out by Evan Tanner at UFC 29."

And if that doesnt ring a bell, you may recognize him as one of the bullies from House Party, or his work with the rap group Full Force.

Fried Taco- November 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm
My money is going on Rampage fer sure!
itsmontoya- November 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm
The old Rampage? The one that got brutalized by Shogun?

Time to find some cash to bet on Lyoto.