Rampage Discusses Where He Wants to Go Next in MMA
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.16.2013
Rampage says its time for the sport to give back...
The Abe Kanan Show recently featured former UFC light heavyweight champion and new MMA free agent, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, as a guest. Rampage discussed his future in MMA and what he is planning to do next for his fight career. Here are some highlights:
What Rampage wants out of the next MMA promotion that signs him: "I just want to be with an organization that's going to treat me right. I've been fighting for 12 long years. I just feel like I've done a lot for this sport, and I just feel like it's time for the sport to take care of me. I've been taking care of the sport. I've been putting a lot of butts in chairs. I've been trying to be entertaining, and I feel like I put my body on the line. I've been fighting injured for like the last six fights. I feel like I've put my body on the line for this sport, and I think it's time for this sport to have my back a little bit."
What he expects out of any MMA organization that signs him: "Any organization out there, if they want to have my back and treat me like the way I feel I should be treated, I'll go and hype up their shows. That's what I do. I get people interested. I don't need to fight. My kids are secure, and my family is secure. I don't need to fight, but I like to entertain people. I still feel like I have something to prove still."
Rampage on why he's still upset with Ryan Bader who he lost to at UFC 144 in Japan: "That's why I have no respect for Ryan Bader. He sucks. I told the guy, 'Come on.' He knew I was injured. I didn't make weight. I told him, 'Listen, man. I ain't going to beat around (the bush). Everybody knows I like to keep it real. Just make it an exciting fight.' I didn't care about winning or losing the fight. I love Japan. I love the fans there. I wanted an exciting fight. But yeah, that's what these guys are doing. That's one reason I don't want to be a part of the UFC. See, these guys in the UFC care more about winning and getting the W than putting on a show. But at the same time, I don't blame them because if you lose two times in a row in the UFC, you can be out of there. They're just protecting their careers."