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Video: Rampage on Rashad, Shogun, Machida, Fickle Fans, His Rocky Relationship with the UFC and Wanting to Retire Forrest

(Video courtesy YouTube/Fighters Only)

Quinton Jackson recently spoke to Fighters Only’s John O’Regan, and as usual, Rampage had a lot of interesting, although grammatically questionable things to say about everything from possible future opponents and his phony fans to his icy relationship with the UFC.

Here are a few notable quotes from the interview:

On Rashad as an opponent:

"Well, I would have preferred to do The Ultimate Fighter against Machida; that would have fixed the problem back in the day, from square one. Just ‘X’ Rashad out because he don’t have the damn belt. But Machida’s English isn’t so good, so I had to fight Rashad. He is all cocky thinking he done something good by being on The Ultimate Fighter but I’m like dude you just got the knocked the hell out. You are on The Ultimate Fighter by default because the guy who knocked you out don’t speak English. That’s what I am dealing with. It’s annoying actually. ??I feel like fighting Rashad is a step backwards, because he doesn’t have the belt anymore. But if things go right, this will be a nice warm-up fight for Shogun. God willing if everything works out it will be nice. Everybody knows I took time off, it would be stupid to go right into a big title fight with Shogun so this will be a good test for me. If I lose to Rashad I don’t even deserve to get my belt back!??"

On a rematch with Shogun:

"[It would be] very interesting. The fight with Shogun, it wasn’t me. I was already injured. I didn’t want to make that known before the fight, tell everybody ‘oh I’m injured’. Fighters always do that! People ask you how you doing and you are like ‘I’m in the best shape ever.’ We don’t want our opponents to know [the opposite]. ??I will tell you now – it don’t matter, it was years ago – back in those days I only did six week camps because PRIDE would call on you at any time, so I stayed in shape year round. First three weeks camp was going good then I got an ankle injury and I couldn’t run anymore, and that was the only way I got my cardio back then. PRIDE first round was ten minutes. I should have just backed out of the fight but I looked at him and thought, ‘He hasn’t fought anybody in PRIDE; just a couple of Japanese guys.’ I didn’t think he was that good, you know?? He crashed me. Right away, boom, took me out. He hurt my rib with knees. Totally unexpected, he jumped on me right away. I am trying to pace myself so I don’t get tired in the first round and Shogun just jumped on me. That fight has haunted me all this time. Now it still haunts me and it’s time to get him back." 

On his loss to Griffin:

"I didn’t train properly; I got injured in the camp. I got those healed up, but I was way overweight, didn’t train. Believed in my own crap, ‘I’m the champion, I just won the undisputed belt!’ I got a little injured in the fight with Dan Henderson but all I had was like a little ligament in my pinky and I ended up not training at all! I could have kept running or something, instead of being all ‘oh I’m hurt and getting another loss.’’ You would think I would have learned from the Shogun fight not to go in unprepared but in my mind I thought I would be prepared, because I saw Forrest coming off The Ultimate Fighter and I thought, ‘He has a glass jaw, I can beat this dude.’  Now that fight haunts me, another loss on my record. ??I know I won that fight but its still one of those things that haunts you; it’s on your record. I know I won that fight, he didn’t whoop my ass. Everyone asked me afterwards why I said that in the cage, I was like, ‘I was being sarcastic’. I was trying to deal with my emotions, trying not to be outraged and all crazy. I could have cussed and all that but I would only have embarrassed myself and my family; now I want to go get Rashad. Nice warm-up fight; kick his ass, fight Shogun, redeem myself for my sleep – for my mind, then go and beat the hell out of Forrest, retire him??. [I want to hurt him] that bad — retire him. Only reason is because of the way Forrest acted afterwards, when he knows he lost the fight. You go back and watch the footage. When they said he won, he was so surprised. That fight was a controversial fight just like Machida-Shogun 1 was a controversial one. But Forrest was the golden boy because of TUF and me, well…"

On his rocky relationship with the UFC:

"Really, to be honest it’s all my management; they wanted me to work things out. Its still hard dealing with the UFC and stuff now, you know? If I had my way I still would be retired and do my own thing. I want to promote my own show; I want to be like De La Hoya around this mother. I don’t need the way they don’t want you to make money. Stop you’re after party, stop your sponsors. They do all this, its like, ‘Man! Let us make money!’ 

For years I fought in the UFC and didn’t agree with a lot of stuff, but I kept my mouth shut, I didn’t say anything. But it’s hard to keep your mouth shut when people keep stepping on you, you know? I still say that the UFC has a lot of good qualities. I re-signed with them and I have six more fights, but right away we tried to work on our relationship and right away they messed things up, right away! Already, I am not happy with them again. ??I don’t know, I don’t care [if they feel the same way]! They struck first… I don’t care if they happy with me or not, I do my job. I put butts in seats, I sell pay-per-views. Whether I win lose or draw I do my job. I feel like I should be compensated to the maximum for what I do. I put my life in the line."

On his fans and haters:

"Yeah I got twitter, Rampage4Real, and they can go to my website. I just did the website and I was happy with it but I want to make it better, putting things up there got kind of hard. I am going to work closer on the site, make it a little bit deeper. I feel like my website is for my fans, not other peoples. We got some assholes on there – if people don’t like me why come to my website? So it’s going to be catered to my fans and not haters, although they cool because if you ain’t got haters you ain’t doing good! But they wont like the website too much more because I am going to put up pictures of all the fighters I destroyed. I just want the fans to know that ever since the Chuck fight I have been more stand-offish to them but I want to know who my real fans are, some people are fake and I cant stand fake people. More people were coming to me and I felt they were fake so I became stand-offish. ??Pretty soon I am going to come out with a system where I know they are real fans. If they show me they are real Rampage fans, they can get anything they want. My fans are like my friends. But there is some fake people out there, they are booing you when you walk out but later they all in your face wanting to be cool. So right now the good guys suffer with the bad but I have a great idea for how I can know my fans when I go to the fights and I go to the shows, I can tell my real fans from the haters.??"

I wonder if his method of weeding out his "real fans" involves energy drinks, fasting and watching The Secret.

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dranokills- May 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm
jwasss Says:
Fri, 05/21/2010 - 18:25

Dranokills, I started looking at all the posters names and them bust out laughing once I realized u were talking about me. Potnah, I'm a Black man w/ a wife and 3 kids, exact opposite of who you described.
But I'm new to this site and when I was reading the comments, a few of the posters sound exactly guys (or chicks) on the UG who every1 claims are "paid UFC shills". And the posters never refute it.
Perhaps you've never heard of this happening, but it kind of undermines a site's integrity.
Nice cover "potnah".

I don't care if you are a green man with 3 wives and a Black sheep, I have seen MOST of these guys on here for awhile and they aren't paid to do anything but they talk a mean game of it. the only one i know who should even be paid anything is Rex.
I think the last thing anyone here will give a shit about is some newb coming in here drawing off the wall conclusions, and seeing conspiracy's at every turn.
If you don't like the potato then do yourself a favor, remove it from your browser and move on, cause nobody gives a flying bolivian buttfuck what you think, or about integrity....this is the cagepotato...we don't need no stinkin' integrity. (spits)

jwasss- May 21, 2010 at 8:25 am
Dranokills, I started looking at all the posters names and them bust out laughing once I realized u were talking about me. Potnah, I'm a Black man w/ a wife and 3 kids, exact opposite of who you described.
But I'm new to this site and when I was reading the comments, a few of the posters sound exactly guys (or chicks) on the UG who every1 claims are "paid UFC shills". And the posters never refute it.
Perhaps you've never heard of this happening, but it kind of undermines a site's integrity.
dranokills- May 21, 2010 at 6:51 am
jwasss Says:
Fri, 05/21/2010 - 12:10

How many (which) of the above posters are actually paid UFC shills?
who has 3 S's, sounds like a lisping homo, and can crawl up my leg and have a ball?
jwasss- May 21, 2010 at 2:10 am
How many (which) of the above posters are actually paid UFC shills?
Angelton- May 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm
WAR know what I'm sayin'?
wifey- May 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm
I thought Page was the man until TUF.

Now, I hope Rashad destroys his ass. He's whiny, unprofessional, and in general, a douche.

Can't wait to see how that all turns out,
fatbellyfrank- May 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm
Its official Rampage = whining bitch, I would really love to see Rashad take this one, don't care how, then we can hear Rampage use another on Titoism (word i just made up to describe whining excuses for losing a fight "I became a quadriplegic 2 weeks before the fight, I gave it my best, just didn't have my usual movement").
Fuck Rampage, knock out my boy Chuck, you fucken sports drink chuggin truck crashin pregnancy endin muthafucka
ghostboner- May 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm
@The Norweegean +1 on the grammar comment.

That was the biggest bunch of whiny bullshit I have had the displeasure to listen to for a long time. "Yeah they gave me a car for coaching TUF, but they give everyone a car. That ain't nothin special" Well I didn't get a fucking car Rampage so I think it is pretty special. And I would like to see you get a job if Dana cut your retart ass. That would also be special. He makes the Diaz bros look coherent in that interview.
bitteralex- May 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm
the ufc made rampage a multi-millionaire, gave him a car for coaching TUF and gave him an opportunity to "act" in a movie... but c'mon dana... rampage needs another car!! his R8 is old news.. and dana needs to pay his clubbing expenses... how about a per diem for whoring around?? brotha needs to get his swerve on!
bitteralex- May 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm
Skip to the 10:00 mark to see John O'Regan suck Rampage off
HotPotato- May 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm
God damn it, Rampage... it's getting hard being a "fan" of yours when you keep acting like a whiny, greedy, spoiled little bitch.
dranokills- May 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm
usually Rampage is funny as hell in his interviews and how he conducts himself, but this was hard to watch.
Something's wrong with 'page, he might be about to go another destructive path...if you know what I'M saying?
tnbp- May 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm
I'm over Rampage. I honestly hope Rashad dominates him, he falls out of contention, and the UFC eventually cuts him. I'd be glad to be rid of him, at this point. Let him make crappy movies and start his own destined-to-fail MMA promotion...
That_guy- May 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm
I wonder if I book a trip to hunt Rampage if it is tax writeoffable.
just some dong- May 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm
So all that Rampage got from all his "hard work" on TUF (missing fights, leaving beaten teammates lying in the octagon at the lowest moment in their lives, etc.) was a car? I suppose the massive exposure from being the star of a TV series that pulls in millions of viewers and allows you to "sell yourself" to fans doesn't factor in as being very valuable. No, there's certainly no value in everyone knowing who you are and finding you hilarious. I mean how could one possibly make any money off of everday stardom like that?

Rampage is a really charismatic guy, but he should stick to making jokes, not excuses. That shit is just lame. More and more, he comes across as an incredibly selfish human being. It's like, in his mind, the whole world is against him, yada yada. What's he even upset at the UFC for again? Not giving him an immediate title shot after decisioning Jardine? Give me a break and please name me one other fighter with the brass ones to act like this. OK, maybe Tito...

Regardless of "Quittin's" take on things, these are the recent facts: He had no problem doing TUF even when he knew he wouldn't be fighting for the belt afterward. He got his national exposure and his "worthless" car, got to party in Vegas for 6 weeks while hardly putting in any effort at what he was actually supposed to be doing (coaching), and when the time came to uphold his end of the bargain (fight Rashad), he bailed out to make a movie and earn himself even more fame and fortune. Then he has the audacity to turn the whole thing around on the UFC, like it was somehow their fault. WTF?!

The only reason anyone knows anything about "Quittin" Jackson these days is because of the UFC. The only reason he's got any throw around money for those Vegas clubs he can't keep his massive melon out of is because of the UFC. He was a big star in Pride, sure, but that was an underground organization. I doubt his prize purses back then were anything close to what he's been getting paid in the UFC.

I agree 100% with Portland MMA - I can't understand how this guy still has any fans. I cannot wait to see Rashad knock his ass out, Chuck Liddell style. And if Evans can't do it, I'm certain that Shogun will. Either way, I look forward to Quittin's next batch of sorry excuses.
MediumRare- May 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm
"They should give me a car!"

"Didn't they give you a car for TUF?"

"Yeah, but I blew all my money in Vegas. They should gimme another car!"

Gimme gimme gimme. I can't stop spending my money so they should give me more money.

God I hope Rashad beats this guy.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm
The UFC and Rampage sound like bitter ex's squabbling over alimony settlements. Yes the UFC are a bunch of greedy bitches. Yes Dana White is a greedy, abrasive, self centered asshole. Yes Rampage is a delusional egomaniac who apparently is only a few steps away from cracking up on any given day. But...

... the UFC knows how to put on a solid show. They know how to run a profitable business without over-extending themselves so that they can continue to grow. They know how to constantly dig up exciting prospects and they have indeed become the essential brand of MMA. It wouldn't be impossible for another company to do it, just nobody is going about it in the right way. Strikeforce looks like they model their shows after monster truck rallies. If Rampage wants to make more money, he needs to consistently win big fights. The more you win, the more they pay you. It's not rocket science. Do we hear George St. Pierre complaining about the endorsement deals he gets due to his UFC exposure?
PortlandMMA- May 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Even King Mo thinks Rampage is a flashy fucking retart, I believe he said he was the equivalent to a Minstrel Show
boog- May 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm
holy crap just listening to the garbage come out of his mouth was irritating me so bad. there are traits in people i can't stand and rampage just showed almost all of that. nonstop excuses for his losses and what he should have done instead of what he did. like everybody said he would be nowhere without the exposure from the ufc. they had his back during his dark times. and who the hell doesn't like their boss? it's normal, but unlike rampage, most of us aren't making the kind of money he does, and all he does is train, promote, and fight. and i loved the part how he makes like TUF is bad by saying that he loses money doing TUF. he clearly said it's his own damn fault because he wants to party. this guy is unbelievable. i want rashad to knock his ass out bad. or it might be better for rampage to win, then shogun will definitely destroy him worse than rashad could do. i want him to fail badly, and this time the ufc won't have his back.
The Norwegian- May 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm
with grammar like that i understand why he keeps asking if we know what he's saying
The Norwegian- May 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm
HEY- May 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Yes, I believe I know what you are saying.
NinJay- May 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm
About a quarter of the way through I started noticing the "younawimsayin". Then my thought was "this would be an excellent drinking game, take a shot every time rampage says it"......My head almost exploded and I stoped the video about 3 quartes through. I just couldn't take any more.

danomite- May 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm
for years he fought in the UFC and kept his mouth shut? he's only been there since 2007, so that means he started hating the ufc immediately after they hired him? for what? giving him a title shot for his second fight? what assholes!

oh, and i'm guessing his way to see who the real fans are is going to be making them pay to go on his site or something like that that involves fans giving him money.
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- May 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I didn't know that Shogun and Forrest "hunted" Rampage after he lost to them. He's like Frodo running from Ringwraiths.