Never Back Down

05.27.2011

SPORTS

If you think that 11-year MMA veteran Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (31-8) is bored with the fight game or is reaching a point where his drive is waning, the Memphis born fighter makes it clear that he doesn’t give a damn about what you or anyone else thinks of him. Never has, never will. His “I don’t give a fuck” attitude is a quality that is endearing to many fight fans but has drawn the ire of his opponents – in particular African American fighters.

Last year, Rampage and Rashad Evans were embroiled in a heated war of words, exchanging barbs as coaches on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” and bubbling over into a highly anticipated fight that had everyone talking. But it was Evans saying that Rampage was “perpetuating negative stereotypes of black men” that caused the rift to reach a boiling point.

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal also engaged in a war of words with Jackson, citing Rampage’s black-on-black crime comments as being ignorant and distasteful. But Rampage says that it isn’t he who has the problems with other fighters. He feels that it is the other way around.

“Some people have problems with themselves. Just because I’m black, does that mean I have to act a certain way?” Jackson asks as his frustration with the situation becomes apparent. “Rashad tried to call me an Uncle Tom. The people who are intelligent and want to walk around and tell everybody how intelligent they are, I think that’s stupid actually. You’re showing your whole deck of cards.”

Although he is clearly frustrated with their comments, don’t think that Rampage wants to make amends with them. He’d rather sock them in the face than shake their hands. For Jackson, haters come with the territory.

“You’re always going to have people who hate and try to discredit you no matter what. I don’t lose any sleep over it. I don’t give a fuck about Queen Mo or Rashad. I don’t give a fuck what they say.”

What he does give a fuck about is taking care of business against rising light heavyweight star Matt Hamill when the two meet in the main event of UFC 130 on May 28th. Despite his seemingly nonchalant attitude towards the fight (“I should beat Matt Hamill in an exciting fashion,” he says dismissively), Jackson will be well prepared come Saturday night.

“It’s my job,” he says.

For a decade he’s made a career out of pummeling foes unconscious. But anybody can get bored with their day gig – even if you are punching people in the face for a living. A rambunctious personality like Rampage can become uninterested with the rinse and repeat lifestyle of training, interviewing and fighting. But there’s something that keeps the former UFC light heavyweight champion motivated when it comes to throwing fisticuffs with guys trying to add his already legendary name to their resume. “I fight in front of millions of people. I don’t want to get my ass whooped in front of millions of people, do I? I train hard to go out there and perform to the best of my ability on that night. That’s the hunger I have right there.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7N5PLTSQCT64G2JXOWFYORRN6M JEFF

    I love what he is saying…he’s speaking the TRUTH!
    “You’re always going to have people who hate and try to discredit you no matter what. I don’t lose any sleep over it…I don’t give a fuck what they say.”

  • tamilove2011

    yep…so true jeff

  • Anonymous

    Rampage has one of the best fight personalities in the game. He’s one of my fave fighters and I love his energy. Rashad is mad cuz he’s boring.

  • http://twitter.com/gaslighting Gaslighting

    LOL @ “Queen Mo”. I’m not sure why any black fighters would think he’s perpetuating any particular stereotypes. Rampage just jokes around a lot. He is hilarious. But yeah, he absolutely DOES care what people think of him. That’s why he gets so upset when Rashad talks trash right back at him. Also, he was upset at the fans’ reaction when they booed him when he first got to UFC. (They were just scared he was going to take Liddell’s title… which he did.) Anyway, people just enjoy seeing black people bickering and at war with each other, which is why this story was written.

  • Anonymous

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