Rampage Jackson still serious about MMA

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Quinton (Rampage) Jackson is blown away by critics who think he doesn’t take mixed martial arts seriously anymore.
 The former light-heavyweight champion recently stated he’s not thrilled about facing Matt (The Hammer) Hamill in the main event of UFC 130 May 28. Since then he has been labelled as unmotivated.
 Jackson maintains the comments were taken out of context.
 “Some MMA fans don’t understand; they hear something they don’t want to hear and they jump all over you,” Jackson said on a UFC conference call. “If they get to know me, (they’d realize) I’m not really excited about anybody I fight. It’s my job to me; it’s my career. I don’t get excited anymore; I’ve got almost 40 fights.
 “My main motivation is to win. I think Matt made a mistake, saying that he’s going to break my will and I’m going to overlook him. That actually lit a fire up under my ass and made me train a little harder so I can break his will.”
 Further fuelling speculation Jackson was losing interest in MMA were his comments that he plans to retire from fighting within three years and focus on movies. Jackson, who played B.A. Baracus in the 2010 film adaptation of the A-Team, said he’d be stupid not to have other career options.
 “Yes, I want to do movies after I get done fighting; you can’t fight until you’re 60,” Jackson said.
“If anybody’s smart, they want to have an exit plan from MMA or any contact sport. You can tell which fans are smart and which are kind of ignorant — if they think you’re just going to fight and then be done. What happens after you get done fighting? What are you going to do then, just rot away? I don’t understand what they think.
 “It’s my life, it’s my family that I take care of and I have my goals, my plans and things I want to do to make me happy. That’s all I really care about — me and my family. The fans, I’m just here to entertain them. But do I care about them the way I care about my self and my family? Hell no.” 
 Hamill, who actively pursued the opportunity to fight Jackson, isn’t fazed by his opponent’s lack of enthusiasm, admitting he can see where he’s coming from.
 “I didn’t think Rampage would take the fight because I’m not one of the top guys in the division as far as the rankings go,” Hamill, who is deaf, said through his translator and trainer Duff Holmes.
“I figured Rampage would be eyeing Rashad Evans, or a rematch with Forrest Griffin. I thought Rampage would feel I’m not in his league, but this is my chance to prove I am.
 “Rampage should be looking at fighting the top five fighters. The opportunity came up for me to face him and I feel I can beat him. I just want to thank Rampage for the opportunity.”
 Hamill admitted Jackson has become a bit one-dimensional over the years, abandoning wrestling in favour of solely utilizing his boxing to knock people out. Hamill has no intention on joining the highlight reel of victims, which includes Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell, Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva and Ricardo (The Brazilian Tiger) Arona.
 “This whole training camp, I’ve been training to avoid Rampage’s hands; he’s got great power in both hands,” Hamill said. “Even though I have a good chin, I can be knocked out. So my goal is to avoid that.”

UFC 140 AT MONTREAL'S BELL CENTRE?

The UFC is looking to return to Montreal this winter. UFC Canada director of operations Tom Wright announced the organization intends to return to the Bell Centre this year during an appearance on Ringside Report Radio. “Most likely we’ll be back in Montreal on Dec. 10,” Wright said. “It would be (UFC) 140.” MMA Weekly has since reported sources close to the situation indicate the card will be headlined by a UFC vs. Strikeforce super-fight between Georges (Rush) St. Pierre and Nick Diaz.
MIR BACKS GSP
Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir feels the criticism regarding St. Pierre’s recent lack of finishes is unwarranted. “GSP — every time he steps into the octagon, it’s against the number-two guy in the welterweight division,” Mir said. “Expecting him to run through everyone is a tall order. I think the fact that he’s still winning round after round and dominating — I don’t have any criticism for him … I still think he’s the champ. I’ve been impressed with him and try to take pointers from him.”
He’s a great guy, Really
If Michael (The Count) Bisping had a dollar for every fighter who called him out recently, he’d be on the front cover of Forbes Magazine. Whether it’s his attitude or dirty performance against Jorge (El Conquistador) Rivera, the cocky Brit seems to always find a way to get on people’s bad sides. However, training partner Quinton (Rampage) Jackson said detractors just don’t know the real Bisping. “He’s a funny guy; the guy really cares for his fans,” Jackson said. “Everybody started hating on him after he did that Ultimate Fighter show against Dan Henderson. People don’t realize that’s a reality show. It can get boring and it’s hard to spice things up and make it entertaining and that’s what he did. They can edit you anyway they want on that show and people just watch that and decide whether they like you or they hate you.”


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