Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson claims he has been applying the same approach that Conor McGregor is doing, in terms of self-marketing.
Quinton Jackson has been one of the most entertaining characters in recent MMA history. His colorful personality, along with the manner of how he fights, has earned him a following, particularly during the height of his PRIDE career in Japan in the early 2000’s.
He may not be the same “Rampage” that he was a decade ago, but he remains to be a marquee name in MMA circles today. But even so, he continues to possess the same mentality, which is all about making “exciting fights” for the fans.
“Our sport has gotten so popular with all the excitement and the people like Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz,” Jackson said (via Yahoo! Sports). “Tito was a wrestler, but he’d take you down and ground and pound you. Those are the guys who made this sport super popular.”
“But then you get guys like King Mo (Muhammed Lawal) and, with all due respect, Rashad Evans and D.C. [Daniel Cormier], who just like hugging people on the ground. You hear the people complaining about that, and I don’t want to fight that way. I want to have exciting fights. If we ask fans to buy tickets and come down and sit there and watch fights for hours, we have to give them their money’s worth.”
The new trend among fighters today in terms of self-marketing which was spearheaded by Conor McGregor’s rise to fame has been all about “money fights.” Jackson says he has been doing the same approach throughout his career, but has been repeatedly called out for it.
“I was the first Conor. I was Conor Mc-[N-word],” Jackson said. “He can talk and say what he wants and talk about money and say he’s in it for the money and nobody opens their mouth and says anything negative about what he is saying.”
“I’ve been doing the same stuff, but everybody’s trying to shut me up. And then there are people who take me out of context and say, ‘Oh, he’s just in it for the money. He don’t love this no more.’ You know what? What I do is try to entertain people. It’s all I’ve ever tried to do. I’m an entertainer and I’m always going to try to entertain people.”
Jackson will be facing King Mo for the second time on Friday, March 31st at Bellator 175 in Rosemont, Illinois.