Rampage Jackson Says Emanuel Newton Deserves Bellator Light Heavyweight Title
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.13.2014
And he doesn't want to fight Newton...
Rampage Jackson spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Muhammed Lawal, the fight with Emanuel Newton that will come if he beats Lawal and more. Check out the highlights:
On the Bellator light heavyweight title: "Honestly, I think (Emanuel) Newton deserves the belt. I'm the first-ever unified champion; why not let the young cats be the champion and have their belt? Emanuel and I have the same coach. That's going to divide our gym. I really don't care for the belt."
On a potential fight with Newton if he wins: "I'm saying I won't want to fight Emanuel. I'm not looking forward to fighting Emanuel. I'd rather not fight him...No, I didn't say I would do it. I've told [Bellator]. They still talk about me fighting him, but I told my manager and everything."
On focusing on Lawal right now: "I haven't won the tournament yet. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I want to focus on what's ahead of me and I'm not going to look past anybody and say who I am or am not going to fight. I've still got a fight this weekend."
On Lawal: "He said he wanted to fight me when I was past my prime and when I was on my way out of the sport, and it really motivated me to train super hard for this fight. The relationship didn't really go south. We just had a common sponsor that asked us to be cordial when we saw each other, but the only thing that happened was after my fight, he came into the cage. I didn't know that Bellator told him to come into the cage. I was excited because Christian, my last opponent, said he was going to retire me. I have a lot of passion when I fight, and a lot of business was flying around, and ‘King Mo' shouldn't have stepped into the cage. He had no reason to be there. That was my time to shine. We still would have been cool if he hadn't come into the cage that day."