Rampage Not Happy About Sonnen Fight
Following the announcement of a new contract and his inclusion in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson joined The MMA Hour on Monday.
Jackson will join Fedor Emelianenko, Ryan Bader, “King Mo” Lawal, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione and Chael Sonnen in the single-elimination tournament, which is expected to kick off on Jan. 20 in Inglewood, Calif.
While the matchups have not been announced for the first round, there is one man that Jackson wants nothing to do with, Chael Sonnen.
“I told my manager that I’m not looking forward to fight Chael Sonnen… I just fought a leg-humping wrestler [King Mo]. Why would I want to fight another fighter who is strictly known for wrestling?”
It doesn’t sound like anything personal against Sonnen, but Jackson wants an opponent who is going to stand and bang.
“Why would Bellator want to me against another wrestler right off the bat?” Jackson said. “Honestly, I would say that wouldn’t be a matchup I’d be looking forward to, and I would be upset coming into the Bellator contract fresh off the bat and them giving me a wrestler to be honest. Who wants to see me fight another wrestler, why wouldn’t a promoter have a guy like me who loves to stand and bang and have exciting fights, why would a promoter constantly want to keep putting me with wrestlers?”
“Rampage” isn’t overly enthused about the notion of fighting Fedor Emelianenko, but but for different reasons.
“Fedor is my favorite fighter, so that would be an awkward matchup if i had to fight him, fighting your favorite fighter of all-time. A tournament is a tournament. I would never sign a deal where I had to fight Fedor unless I was being paid like $10 million. For $10 million, I’ll fight my mama. If it’s a tournament, that’s the only way.”
Jackson confirmed he signed a three-fight deal, is just glad to get back to action. There was much speculation about a return to the UFC, particularly where Rampage once had legal issues with Bellator’s parent company, but it’s water under the bridge at this point.
“I think Scott [Coker] is a great promoter… Like I said, I had no problems, no issues with the UFC, I think the UFC has done great things for the sport and everything, and you know, I’m just going to keep it there. I like it over in Bellator. I like the energy. I like it.”
And that’s why, at the end of the day, Jackson is going to put on the gloves and fight, even if his opponent ends up being Sonnen.
“I didn’t even know about the damn tournament to be honest, until I re-signed my agreement,” Jackson said. “Then I see all over the damn media about the damn tournament, and I’m like aww f*ck, here we go with this s*it. But I don’t care. I’m a fighter. I used to like fighting in the [PRIDE] Grand Prix. I don’t care about tournaments and s*it. I’m just saying. I’m not looking forward to fighting Chael Sonnen in the first round of the damn tournament. I’ll fight anybody. My job is to fight. But you know, I want a fight that I’m going to be excited about.”