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Video: Rampage Jackson Is Not the Biggest Fan of Ariel Helwani


In an unofficial sequel to “People Like That Get Slapped,” Ariel Helwani attempted to interview Quinton “Rampage” Jackson yesterday, and barely escaped with his life. After some warm-up insults about Helwani’s tie and shoes, Jackson realized who he was talking to, and the vibe immediately became hostile. Apparently Jackson didn’t appreciate that Helwani asked him about “Queen Mo” during a recent MMA Hour appearance — while Rampage was eating, no less — when ‘Page just wanted to discuss his UFC 130 fight against Matt Hamill. Plus, his peoples told him that Ariel had been hatin’.

Ariel offers to squash the beef at the 2:52 mark. Unfortunately, that phrase means the exact opposite in Memphis than it does everywhere else, and Jackson raises up on Ariel, who does his best to change the subject. Rampage gets upset again later when Helwani brings up nutritionist Mike Dolce, who wasn’t with Rampage for this training camp. (“I’m fighting Matt Hamill, I’m not fighting Mike Dolce. What’s Mike Dolce got to do with me winning or losing a fight?”)

The interview ends in a more cordial fashion, but Jackson clarifies that if it wasn’t for his friend Anthony Evans, who’s a friend of Ariel’s, “I probably would have smacked the shit out of you.”

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mma mastermind- June 1, 2011 at 11:03 am
rampage was ultimte fighter? I did not see this series, i think his behaviour outrageous, this is not comedy, this man seems aggressive
iSay- May 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm
moomessa, his humour is his personality. If you took what he was saying seriously, then obviously you don't get it and you probably never will. Smoke some weed if that's what it takes, but lighten up.
TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- May 27, 2011 at 10:03 am
I always find Ariel Helwani interviews to be boring. He interviews like an automotron who really has no enthusiasm or care for the sport. All the interviews come off like he's just going through the motions. Though it is less grating than say a Mauro Ranallo interview, which is almost as bad as if Gilbert Godfrey did interviews and Play-by-Play.

I think it's a problem with all big media that's trying to get into the MMA game (but doesn't understand it or it's fans & is using other sports as guides). When CBS had a big chunk of EliteXC & Strikefoce & they shoved in Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo & Frank Shamrock. I can sort of forgive them for Mauro Ranallo, because he had PRIDE on his resume; but lets be honest PRIDE was all about being over the top & wacky-japanese, e.g. Strikeforce didn't have Lenny Hart.

I mean imagine Marv Albert interviewing MMA fighters, doesn't seem like a fit does it?
Dynamo- May 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

Grow up, that's not bullying. That's talking man to man. I don't see why people are so sensitive about these things suddenly. He gave him his interviewers and many have to go through much more than that.
intercept440- May 27, 2011 at 6:54 am
@stinkface no there are the jewish (hebrew) race of people and the judaism religion.. there 2 different things
XxStifflerxX- May 27, 2011 at 12:56 am
LMAO! hahahaha! The ending was fuckn funny! "Go that was stupid..." "No no thats kool as long as you like them, dont be hating on Memphis." LOL! Ahahahaha!
StinkFacer- May 27, 2011 at 12:02 am
what the hell is "race jewish"? Half israeli maybe?

Thats like people saying they're half jewish. what? only your legs dont believe in christ?
intercept440- May 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm
oh and i guess i am kinda southern since i live in las vegas nevada, maybe a little hillbilly since i hunt and fish every chance i get .. but "boy you sure got a purtty mouth" redneck i am not
intercept440- May 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm
@romanhelmut its true bro my wife is in fact jewish. race jewish not the judaism religion.

@ccman fair enough i repect your opionion as it is given in honesty. as far as being anon internet wise. i would agree to what you say . except for i'll say the same thing out in the real world. im an opionated individual, and i see no shame in saying so, as far as my attempts at humor go...well in hindsight looking back at my post, it could have been construed the wrong way in textual form, with people not realizing the sarcastic undertones i was thinking of, however i will not apologize to anyone for it.

far as race is concerned i judge peopl on an indivdual level, some people i have interacted with fit those typical steroetype to a T, some do not, hence i know great black people and hispanics, as well as jewish people , i also know several niggers spics and poor white trash, and categorize them as such..
you probably look at me as a southern redneck who does nuthign but watch nascar and drink budwieser cuase miller lite wont pay me, far from the truth but whatever it doesnt matter to me.

all that being said it is what it is. ill take it with a grain of salt and try to remember that some of my comments may not be construed as my mind thinks them up..
ccman- May 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm
Tell ya what, Droppin an N bomb and being black on the web does not translate. I am faaarrr from PC, and i am all for bustin balls and such, race shit pisses me off. I see zero room for it, especially when done anonomously. I react the exact same on black/mexican/white ect. comments. So no matter how many Hanakah dinners you attend, i still have severe dislike for going that route. Do as you like, i will react as i will.
Romanhelmut- May 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm"my wife is jewish" that is better than "I have black friends".....anyways what you don't know and what will make CCMAN feel better is that Ariel has some slick Jewish Jiu Jitsui!!! The art of JJJ would put Rampage on his back if he got any closer.....
intercept440- May 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm
and actually no i make 90k plus per year at my job, welfare may be for you but not me, and since your asking im white, call me what ya like dude i dont care..
intercept440- May 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm
@ccman sarcasm dude sarcasm, if your impliingy im a racist your wrong.. my wife is jewish btw from canada. but i must confess i dotn give a fuck about offending anyone. cause i think political correctness is for little bitches....and no one seemed to care a few threads back when talking about rashad white boy comment and everyone was saying nigger including me... so if your offended.. that your beef not mine. your prolly one of those guys who gets mad when you see a merry xmas sign instead of a happy holidays sign huh?
just some dong- May 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm
In fact he's a Canadian Jew, which makes him one of the easiest targets in all of sports media. I wonder if he'd consider going by "CJ"...
El Guapo- May 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm
^ Nobody's exempt in Tater Nation, CC. Errrbody knows that. That's what makes it fun, the equal opportunity hateration. That racist beaner heavyweight champ is no better than the gook rapist or $kala's wack ass wigger ass. Or Ariel's jew nose, for that matter. Ju-know!
ccman- May 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Dear Intercept "nah ariel is jewish, he knows that he can get away with saying whatever he wants, cause the minute someon hits him or assaults him" Ignorant is as Ignorant as you fucktard. Would love your ethnicity so i can run ramshock over it seeing as i bet i been there, and you haven't been further than cashing your disability check/welfare check/closest stop and go. Ben exactly why do you allow bigotry to run unfetered here is amazing. beyond normal busting balls, which i have no issue with. but seriously?
ccman- May 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm
sorry, rewatched it, have not seen it since it aired, was Bas not fedor.
ccman- May 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm
In case anyone (apparently most of you) missed it, Rampage was fucking with Ariel. It was very obvious.
A. he knew exactly who he was speaking with.
B. he did his funny scary face same as he the other day on fergeson.
C. He knows exactly what "squash it" means
D. watching Helwani squirm was probably priceless for him.

Honestly reminded me of when Cro-Cop did the same thing back in pride to Mauro over the reporters harsh critiques of fighters, non-exist critiques. Fedor and a few other fighters were just off camera dying laughing at the reporter trying to hold it together while being threatened.
intercept440- May 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm
aka get the shit punched out of him
intercept440- May 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm
@romanheolmut nah ariel is jewish, he knows that he can get away with saying whatever he wants, cause the minute someon hits him or assaults him . he is going to play the victim card and start calling everyone an antisemite, or someother such bullshittyness. areil =good interviewer\jewiness extreme\nicesuit with hipster douchbag shoes\HUGE fucking eagle beak\good at playing the interview his way\oneday make take it tofar and get involuntary reconstruction nonsurgical nasal rearrangement.
danomite- May 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Ariel has to be the most vanilla, non-confrontational reporter in MMA. people who think that Ariel is a shit talker need to get that chip off their shoulder. Not everybody is out to get you.
Romanhelmut- May 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm
That my friends is why Ariel is the BEST interviewer in MMA (maybe sports)!! He has balls of steel, knowing you would get KO'd but not batting an eyelash with Rampage in your as ice.
LOKI- May 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm
In Memphis we have a saying..."you have respect, you dont get squashed."
Funny he didnt mention the time he was in Memphis was UFC 107 Penn vs Sanches
(subtitled 'because Rampage usta watch A-Team with his dad and didnt have time to train for Rashad tonight even though we schedueled this fight here specifically for him.)
El Guapo- May 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm
If you really think Rampage was trying to punk Helwani, you're dumber than shit. He's a showman... Man. That's what he does, entertain. I don't think I've ever seen him not goof around in an interview. Hell, he even fucks around in the ring sometimes.
moomessa- May 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm
There was this great interview with Dana White out of some newspaper in Oregon. This young guy asked Dana White "I'm going to read off names of fighters, and if you could give a letter between 1 and 5 of how interested you are in pursuing these fighters for the UFC", and Dana White opened up about all these possible acquisitions in more depth than I'd heard before. The reporter asked the right questions, the right ways.