Aside from his career in the fight game it appears Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has his eyes on the silver screen and possibly a new career when he decides to hang up his gloves. That moment could be right around the corner. Rampage has shown that he still has a lot of fight left, but he is already 34-years-old and has spent more than 12 years in the fight game. He has 32 wins on his resume and has been a champion in both the UFC and in Pride. Not to mention, the days of him getting marquee fights and title shots seem to be things of the past. This weekend he will fight Ryan Bader in the co-main event at UFC 144 in Japan for the first time in six years. Jackson has made no secret about his love for Japan. He started his MMA career in Japan and enjoyed some of the best success in his career fighting in Pride in front of many Japanese fans.
If he can find a way to take beat Bader Saturday night, the man who has spent time on the silver screen recently would see his career end in a way fit for Hollywood.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson joined 95.7 the Game on the Chris Townsend Show to talk about going back to fight in Japan, on the power bomb move he pulled off when he was fighting in Pride, what it was like to work on his movie career, what fans can expect in his fight against Ryan Bader, and what he has learned from Bader’s previous fights.
On going back to fight in Japan:
“Yeah it’s a big fight for me. I’m really excited to be back in Japan and fighting in front of the fans. (Host: I’m sure you have a pretty strong relationship with them when you were over there fighting in Pride.) Yeah. I’m really close to the Japanese fans. They’re very respectful and it’s just hard not to like those guys because of the way they treat fighters and stuff. It’s just easy to fall in love with them.”
On the power bomb move that he pulled off when he was fighting in Pride
“That was the coolest thing that I have done in a long time. It was pretty crazy that the power bomb was so powerful. I had no idea that it was going to be so powerful. Just something I always wanted to do because I was such a fan of pro wrestling.”
What it was like to get to work on his movie career:
“It was one of the best experiences of my life. I met great people doing that movie and I’m glad I did the movie. I just couldn’t pass up the chance of a lifetime and I took it. People think that I fight for the money and I’m all about the money but I actually made less money doing the movie than I would fighting. Just so you know I’m not only about the money.”
What fans can expect with his fight against Ryan Bader:
“You can expect for me to be as outgoing as possible. I’m going to try to end the fight as fast as possible and put on one of the most exciting shows I’ve ever done. I have trained really hard so I can go hard the whole fight and that’s what I plan to do.”
What he has learned by watching film of Ryan Bader:
“I don’t watch film of my opponents. I never really did. Yeah I like surprises so I don’t really watch. I know he’s a great wrestler and a big puncher. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Whatever it is I’m looking forward to it.”