Rampage: Pride cheated me

source: fightersonlymagazine.co.uk
 

Fighters Only: Do you miss Pride?

Rampage: I tell you what, I had some good times over in Pride. The UFC treats me better than Pride but the fans, the whole atmosphere… I remember after the fights in Pride, for the longest time they used to have these after parties right there in the arena. By the time the last fight was over you’d go and have a shower and then in the back room they would have a paty and the owners would talk to you and you would have some of, I guess the VIP fans, who had paid for the expensive tickets. You came back there and had the greatest time, some of the guys would be so cool. I have so much respect for Gary Goodridge, whether he won or lost he would be back there having a good time after the fights. I f I lost I would be all [sad face], moping around, drinking a little beer and eating. Gary would be laughing and joking around. They were the best times, that’s one of the things I miss most about Pride, the after parties right afterwards.

The production was one of the best things about Pride.

The first time I fought there they lowered me down in this cage, I was like 70 feet in the air and it was scary! Me and Sakuraba were in there, he was on one side and I was on the other. I didn’t know him. That was the first time I met him, up in the cage and he reached over and shook my hand. Sakuaraba turned out to be a really cool guy actually.

So what was bad about Pride?

A lot of things man. I don’t know what their problem was but they wouldn’t promote me at all, they cheated me out of money from dolls and t-shirts, not paying me… when my contract was up and we were negotiating and I wanted more money and they were telling me ‘oh but you’re a nobody’. This was after I had fought in the Grand Prix and beat Igor Vovchanchyn. Even after I went to that K-1 fight and represented them in K-1, they were mad I won that K-1 fight! Just stuff like that.

The old president was really cool but he said if I wanted to get on the talk show they had in America, he said ‘you’ve got to kiss the American [Pride] president’s ass’. I don’t kiss ass. Go ahead, I don’t need to do your show. And I think at the time I was one of the most popular American fighters that they had there. So they put some Japanese guy on the talk show - and he didn’t speak English! I was like ’Y’all some idiots’.

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mcpeepants232003 site profile image  

3/8/10 6:27 PM by mcpeepants232003

you are so full of BS it's ridiculous. If he had said the same things about the Ufc you'd be riding his jock like an asian girl.

Bam57Bam site profile image  

3/8/10 6:16 PM by Bam57Bam

 Rampage is an assclown. STFU already!

john joe site profile image  

3/8/10 6:05 PM by john joe

Pride did do some shady shit, I dont think there's any doubt about that. They definitely had their moments.

EVILYOSHIDA site profile image  

3/8/10 3:48 PM by EVILYOSHIDA

yah he never had any problems with sak, but he accused Pride of drugging him and making him cut 20 lbs. right before the match.sounds pretty ludicrous. Why didn't they drug wand?i think at the end of the day no one should really take what rampage says seriously. he obviously is kinda kooky in the head

ECWCock site profile image  

3/8/10 3:46 PM by ECWCock

 Cool.

Squatdog site profile image  

3/8/10 3:41 PM by Squatdog

"The UFC ain't shit. Pride is the BOMB!"-Rampage

Ghetto-Top-Team site profile image  

3/8/10 3:39 PM by Ghetto-Top-Team

.."also he's probably trying to get on dana's good side because dana still has a complex against pride. "ROFL! Yeah, he's such a company guy that he bailed on his fight with Rashad to do the A-Team movie. ..."also he got into trouble in japan for some illegal shit he did that's why he converted to christianity all of a sudden."Source of the "Illegal shit"? And I suppose Rampage called you up and told you that's why he converted? Pride didn't make Rampage. He became a star Despite their bullshit. But I guess he's making all of it up because Sak beat him?

Dana Stern site profile image  

3/8/10 3:33 PM by Dana Stern

Rampage clearly has issues, that we all know, and seems to always play the victim and never feels that he's getting treated fairly. Does that mean those things he said about Pride were not true, who knows, but it seems to be a pattern with the guy and I think he doesn't think too clearly about a lot of things and it't always poor Ramapage and everyone is out to get Rampage. On a side note, what was the illegal activity he was doing in Japan if it's ok to say on here?

disbeliever site profile image  

3/8/10 3:10 PM by disbeliever

He said Sak was a good guy and shook his hand in the interview...He does seem to have a chip on his shoulder. I just dont get the hate whenever rampage speaks about Pride.

MountainMedic site profile image  

3/8/10 3:08 PM by MountainMedic

 and he prrolly never had to ask anyone to get his fackin shoes