TOKYO - Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is done with mixed martial arts.
Well … sort of.
He’s going into boxing.
Well … maybe.
The always-colourful, often rambling Jackson was in full Rampage ramble Wednesday at the UFC open workouts in the basement of the Tokyo Gold’s Gym.
“Honestly, I am tired of fighting a bunch of wrestlers,” said the 32-9 Memphis-born fighter.
“They want to take me down, and I want to fight more striking. That’s why I say I want to go into boxing and try it out.
“I’m getting kind of bored with fighting guys who want to take me down all the time.”
Jackson, who will take on wrestling standout and power puncher Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader at UFC 144 in Japan said he’s proven himself in most other combat sports and now may be the time to lace up some pillowy gloves.
“I want to try boxing. I’ve done wrestling. I’ve done jiu-jitsu tournaments. I’ve done muay thai. I’ve done kickboxing. And I’ve done MMA. But I haven’t done boxing yet,” said Jackson, who has also tried his hand at acting as one of the characters on The A-Team movie.
He says the fear of losing is making UFC fighters boring.
“I just have to be real. You lose two fights in a row, and they can fire you. If I lose this fight, I can be canned. It’s in my contract,” Jackson said. “I don’t care about that, but some people do care about that. I can’t watch fighters that fight boring just to win. I can’t do it. People who come to fight and put on a fight, that’s who I want to fight.”
Jackson also says he’s tired of the criticism and blames UFC colour analyst Joe Rogan for planting the seed that he is nothing more than a puncher.
“I know people are all listening to Joe Rogan. They’re saying I’m one-dimensional now because I try to knock people out. But I like knocking people out,” Jackson said.
“It is what it is. I don’t care what the fans say that I’m one-dimensional. I don’t think people pay to watch Rampage try to submit people.”
Along with taking a shot at Rogan, Jackson also had choice words for North American fans.
“Japanese fans are my favourite fans,” said Jackson, who cut his teeth in the Land of the Rising Sun as a standout with the PRIDE fighting championship.
“They respect the fighters more. American fans don’t have the respect. They can learn from the Japanese fans. They don’t know what we have to go through. I’ll bet most of them can’t go five minutes hard — you know what I’m saying?
“They just boo, and they don’t have any respect. It’s something that’s kinda hard for me to swallow.”