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Rampage Discusses Where He Wants to Go Next in MMA

February 16, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

The Abe Kanan Show recently featured former UFC light heavyweight champion and new MMA free agent, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, as a guest. Rampage discussed his future in MMA and what he is planning to do next for his fight career. Here are some highlights:

What Rampage wants out of the next MMA promotion that signs him: “I just want to be with an organization that’s going to treat me right. I’ve been fighting for 12 long years. I just feel like I’ve done a lot for this sport, and I just feel like it’s time for the sport to take care of me. I’ve been taking care of the sport. I’ve been putting a lot of butts in chairs. I’ve been trying to be entertaining, and I feel like I put my body on the line. I’ve been fighting injured for like the last six fights. I feel like I’ve put my body on the line for this sport, and I think it’s time for this sport to have my back a little bit.”

What he expects out of any MMA organization that signs him: “Any organization out there, if they want to have my back and treat me like the way I feel I should be treated, I’ll go and hype up their shows. That’s what I do. I get people interested. I don’t need to fight. My kids are secure, and my family is secure. I don’t need to fight, but I like to entertain people. I still feel like I have something to prove still.”

Rampage on why he’s still upset with Ryan Bader who he lost to at UFC 144 in Japan: “That’s why I have no respect for Ryan Bader. He sucks. I told the guy, ‘Come on.’ He knew I was injured. I didn’t make weight. I told him, ‘Listen, man. I ain’t going to beat around (the bush). Everybody knows I like to keep it real. Just make it an exciting fight.’ I didn’t care about winning or losing the fight. I love Japan. I love the fans there. I wanted an exciting fight. But yeah, that’s what these guys are doing. That’s one reason I don’t want to be a part of the UFC. See, these guys in the UFC care more about winning and getting the W than putting on a show. But at the same time, I don’t blame them because if you lose two times in a row in the UFC, you can be out of there. They’re just protecting their careers.”

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