Not a lot of talk about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson after his Light Heavyweight Tournament final win against King Mo at the first ever Bellator PPV, Bellator 120. Since the PPV, Bellator made some serious changes including the former CEO, Bjorn Rebney stepping down. Then having Scott Coker come in to take over and the rumor that the entire tournament style format that set Bellator apart from other major MMA promotional players may become non-existent.
At Bellator 120, Quinton won by unanimous decision and seemingly put an end to a long standing grudge match with Muhammed Lawal, that was far from the case and Jackson also gives his true feelings on the bout being in Mississippi.
“I wish the event was in Memphis at the Fedex Forum, I hate fighting in Mississippi.” Says Jackson on the placement of Bellator 120 being at the Landers Center in Southaven. MS.
“I can’t stand the commissioner out there, John Lewis, if he’s involved then I’m never fighting there again. He fined me 10% of my purse (from shoving King Mo at a press conference) but he was trying to it to 25%, all he had to do was tell me nicely that they don’t play that here. I was trying to bring in more of an audience and money to the fight itself.”
After Rampage defeated Mo, Lawal went to the microphone and called out the judges and Jackson saying that they both know who ‘actually’ won. He even utilized profanity and said that Page knew he lost and that’s why he asked for a rematch.
“I wasn’t really paying attention to what he (King Mo) had to say, he’s just a sore loser and shows poor sportsmanship. He and I both thought he did better than we’d thought he’d do. I already told him that the only reason I asked for a rematch was because he kept taking me down. If I thought I lost, I would’ve said so. I thought for sure back in Pride that I had lost to Murilo “Ninja” Rua.”
At Pride 29, Rampage edged Rua via split decision, and he also defeated Lyoto Machida by way of split decision as well at UFC 123.
“I remember against Machida I was just surprised I won, but honestly both times I went back to the tape and watched and thought I won as well. I still haven’t watched the fight against King Mo, however the first thing I did after my fight was ask my coaches if I did enough to win. They don’t bullshit me, they’ll tell me if I won or lost, they thought I won as well.”
Jackson wasn’t thrilled on the idea of a remtach.
“If it’s on the cards then fine, but I talked to my manager and they think it would end the same way. They think it would be kind of boring so I’m not really sure.”
Before all the drama of the higher ups in Bellator took place, it was tenatively scheduled as most tournament winners gain number 1 contender title shot guarantees. Rampage would have to face his former training partner, Emmanuel Newton, who already reluctantly agreed to face him.
“I’m sorry to hear about all the shake up in Bellator but I really don’t have a comment for it. About Newton, it’s weird because we both had the same coach in Antonio Mckee, honestly, at this point in my career, I don’t feel the pressure to ever have to fight anybody. I’m not saying I wouldn’t fight him, I’m just saying I wouldn’t want to fight him. I’m here to entertain.”
Getting ever closer to the end of his career, Jackson has a very interesting but short list of people he’d like to face before he hangs up his hard hitting gloves.
“I definitely want to fight ‘Titties’ from TUF (Darrill Schoonover) and I want to beat up James Toney in a boxing match. I’m in this to entertain people, I was the first ever unified champion in MMA (when he beat Dan Henderson at UFC 75 to unify the UFC and Pride 205 pound titles) and that’s my legacy, anything else is a bust.”