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[VIDEO] ‘Rampage’ Jackson Makes No Excuses For Loss…Wait, What??

With how much he’s complained about everything from money, to respect to the way his opponents fight, combined with all the jerky things he’s done in recent years (take. your. pick), it can be difficult to remember that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is an all-time great and future hall of famer. A humble and touching interview that he gave to Fuel TV after losing a decision to Glover Teixeira in Chicago at the UFC on Fox makes it easier to appreciate Quinton as the hard fighting, fan-friendly guy that he has been for so long.

The interview also makes us worry for him a bit. First, the good things.

Jackson gave his opponent credit for beating him without making silly excuses. “Glover was just the better man tonight,” Jackson said.

“Glover did what he had to do. He took it to me standing up and he took me down a few times. He did what he had to do to win…Fighters like Glover is what makes MMA.”

Jackson also said that his body felt great during the fight and didn’t blame his coaches for the loss. He was sullen but honest with his audience and himself, it seemed.

“Its hard to swallow when you get your ass kicked but its part of the job,” he said.

And fighting is a job that Jackson says that he still has a desire to hold. “I still want to fight. Its still in my heart,” the former champ said.

The fighter openly expressed doubt as to whether, thirteen years into a legendary career, he could still compete with “the top-level people anymore.” Usually when a competitor realizes this, it is a good time to walk away and retire.

Self-doubt and diminishing returns do not make for safe and graceful career endings. Jackson said that he still wants to fight, but may have to just be rolled out for one-off fights, for entertainment.

“I think I just have to listen to my reality and see,” he said. “I’ve been fighting for thirteen years, the game has changed a lot and maybe I’ll just be one of those fighters that comes and excites the crowd – be like Gary Goodridge, one of those guys that comes and puts on a great show. Gary Goodridge is a great ambassador for our sport.”

Goodridge is a warrior and indeed a fantastic ambassador for MMA and sports in general. He is also a cautionary tale.

Goodridge, still just a young man, is already suffering through the effects of serious brain damage sustained over the course of a fighting career that he extended on for too long. Promoters will always be willing to give cash to exciting, great fighters like Jackson and Goodridge but hopefully “Rampage” doesn’t walk willfully into exploitative situations like he seems content to do.

What do you make of Jackson’s fight Saturday and his interview above, nation?

- Elias Cepeda

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DeadSheep- January 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm
I think Rampage is finally coming to a good state of mind. He has always shown issues with losing and dealing with life's stress. The last few interviews I've seen him in, he appeared to be stable and content. I think our Rampage is finally growing up:)
Gobbleston- January 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm
I disagree. I absolutely want to see him crush cans at Bellator. I was a big PRIDE fan, so I'm always down to see some big name vs someone that has no business fighting him.
ArmFarmer- January 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm
Stumbled onto this.. thought it was funny and somewhat related

waka flocka- January 28, 2013 at 11:56 am
an article on CP that doesn't trash Rampage? crazy!
El Guapo- January 28, 2013 at 11:37 am
Rampage's conditioning looked better than it has in a loooong time, which is saying something since he gassed midway through the 2nd. Can't even imagine how good he could have been had he invested more time and energy into improving his craft.
Pen Fifteen- January 28, 2013 at 7:16 am
Along those lines, I say give him a rematch with Shogun. Both guys still have drawing power but are on losing streaks. No one wants to see Rampage fight cans in Bellator.
Pen Fifteen- January 28, 2013 at 7:14 am
"Rampage has never been knocked out," except for the time he got knocked out by Wand. And the other time he got knocked out by Wand. And the time he got knocked out by Shogun. But other than that, he has never been knocked out.
TwoFistedFlavah- January 28, 2013 at 9:21 am
Yeah I replied to my own post earlier after remembering how he got knocked out through the ropes in that one fight, but I would not call those other two fights true knockouts, more like TKOs.
TwoFistedFlavah- January 28, 2013 at 7:04 am
There's a big difference between Gary Goodridge and Rampage. Rampage has never been knocked out, whereas Gary got knocked out cold several times.
TwoFistedFlavah- January 28, 2013 at 7:05 am
Actually, I just remembered that old fight with Wanderlei where he went falling halfway through the ropes, he definitely got KTFO that time.
king60- January 28, 2013 at 6:48 am
It's simple. Like loads of others who had their time - Penn, Hughes, Crop Cop, Liddell, Franklin, etc etc - Rampage's time has come and gone. Age takes its' toll on ALL of us and he's no exception. He should retire but he won't because there's always a Bellator or Glory or some other new company who will hire him but he should just face it that his time is over and he will never be the same fighter he was.
dranokills- January 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm
Hes a grown ass man, and he can do whatever the hell he wants to do. If he wants to be brain damaged like Goodridge then, so be it. If he wants to leave, then whoppdee shit.
ArmFarmer- January 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm
Isn't this the typical BJ approach too? Hats off to Nick Diaz he was the better man that day.. wait a minute.. wait no, he definitely used his size against me.. that asshole. I'm not gonna jump the gun though, good for page. Hopefully he'll stick to his guns on this one.
masterbaitntackle- January 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm
3 weeks before he pulls that Tito Ortiz shit.....although I hope he doesn't. I've been a fan ever since I saw him powerbomb Ricardo Arona back in Pride.
dipsetkilla316- January 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm
@homeschooled I was thinking the same thing
HomeSchooled- January 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm
I'm going to wait a week or so before giving him props. hes probably going to start trash talking and give some bogus excuse after he heals up a bit