Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson after losing last night to Fedor said he felt like a hippo in there which sounds about right since he looked like one.
As myself and many others expected this fight went exactly as we thought it would. An overweight Jackson who clearly didn’t train came into this fight for the money, not for the fight and performed the way he felt, like a hippo. No movement to speak of, no timing, basically a big target for Fedor to tee off on.
Unfortunately for all of us, Jackson said he isn’t done and will make the drop back down to light heavyweight to fight again or in other words get another payday, which seems to be why he is still doing this. It seems he will continue his career, not for the glory, not for the victories, but for the money which to me is nothing but sad for this former champion who was one of the most feared men in MMA and now has been reduced to nothing more than a sideshow circus fighter!
Jackson lost last night to a 43-year-old Fedor who looked lighting quick compared to his lethargic movement in the cage. Jackson looked like an old fighter who should never have been in the cage last night.
I see Scott Coker as nothing more than a well-practiced pimp taking advantage of once-great athletes. Using his sweet talk and making them feel special. Feeding their alpha egos to get them to do his bidding which at the end of the day is to put more money in his and the company’s pocket.
Although unlike a prostitute, these fighters are getting their share of the cash, and Coker will continue to try and make as much money as he can off of their names and their backs before they are finally put out to pasture after embarrassing themselves inside the Bellator cage and tarnishing their legacies.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure nobody twisted Jackson’s arm too much to take this paycheck, I’m sure he did so willingly. However, Coker seems to have a knack for booking past their prime athletes at just the right time for him and the company.
Jackson has been around this sport a long time and there are others like him who have been around forever like Tito Ortiz, that will take fights for money rather than victory.
I for one hope that as this sport continues to evolve so too will the mentality of the athlete and today’s stars will learn from their predecessors that when you’re done, you’re done! Understanding there’s no need to continue to fight when you have exceeded your athletic ability just to get a paycheck because these fighters from today will have hopefully learned to be smarter with their finances so they are never put in this situation.
The statement below is from Rampage post-fight via his Instagram account
“Sorry guys we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, but you know what, I knew one of us was going to get knocked out,” Jackson said. “But I didn’t know it was going to be fucking me”. But you know what? I ain’t mad, though. You win some, you lose some. You get paid for all. Y’all remember that.” – Rampage Jackson on his Instagram account.
Christopher James has been in the MMA industry for 15 years, Working as a ring announcer for promotions like the XFC, Island Fights, Combat Night and Fight Nights Global during his career. Chris’ love for the sport and the athletes that partake in it led him to writing and doing face to face interviews with the athletes he admired and respected. Chris isn’t conventional by any stretch of the imagination, he has his own style, and takes pride in not being a “cookie-cutter” member of the media. Unique and sometimes controversial takes are what he brings to the table, forcing folks to think a little differently about the world of MMA. He also has a love for music as he has been a dj for 25 years and his love for music gets brought to the MMA world when he gets his guests to sing on his weekly show Cage Side with Christopher James which can be seen Wednesday nights on FACEBOOK LIVE, and soon via podcast.