Rampage Tightens Diet And Training For Bellator 192
At Wednesday’s media workout day, Quinton Jackson announced that he broke off one his longest addictions, eating Ketchup.
Jackson, who faces Chael Sonnen at Bellator 192, said that he has had a bit of an obsession with the condiment since he was a kid.
“The No. 1 thing I improved on is I cut out ketchup,” Jackson said. “You guys are laughing, but ketchup probably has been my worst enemy. I drown all my food in ketchup, every meal I have, and I finally cut it out.”
And while he’s cut ketchup, weight is an issue with Jackson, who has fought his whole career at 205 pounds, is now focused on the heavyweight grand-prix which begins with his fight against Sonnen at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Jackson, who’s diet prior to this fight included ketchup on everything, including steak, has been focused on strict dieting. And while he hasn’t weighed himself yet, he feels he won’t be over the 265 pound mark, especially when he weighed 253 pounds for his last fight against Muhammed Lawal last March.
Following treatment to correct a thyroid issue that has plagued him over the last few years, “Rampage” said Sonnen doesn’t know what he’s getting into at Bellator 192.
“He has no idea,” said Jackson, who is now working with Ricky Hatton’s former boxing coach Bobby Rimmer.
“Last time Bellator saw me, I was at a really bad shape and I’ve been training really hard since then.”
Sonnen is known for his wrestling and has vowed to put Jackson on the mat over and over again. “Rampage,” whose power striking is his best attribute, still doesn’t understand why he was matched up against another wrestler.
“I want to get in the cage and I want to entertain my fans,” Jacksno said.
“I want to go out there and try to knock somebody out or get knocked out doing it. I don’t want to have to go out there and fight and be laying on my back the whole fight and have like a boring fight and the fans booing and stuff. I don’t know why promoters love fights like that. I don’t understand it. You only got a few more fights of me left. ‘Rampage’ fans, I’m only gonna fight a few more fights. Why wouldn’t you guys want to see me do what I like to do? I like to stand and bang with people. If they mess up, I’m gonna slam them.”
Jackson is so confident heading into Bellator 192, he told Sonnen he’d give him $10,000 every time he lands a takedown. “Rampage” now is waiting to hear back about some reciprocation — Sonnen has to put something on the line, he said.
“I’m gonna hurt Chael’s feelings,” Jackson said. “First of all, I threw the bet out there, what’s in it for me? He should probably pay me if he can’t afford 10Gs, at least give me 5Gs for every takedown I defend. He hasn’t said nothing. He’s gotta check with his wife.”