Former Pride contender and former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson believes the UFC’s return trip to Japan for the first time in nearly twelve years could breathe life into the struggling Japanese MMA scene.
“I think the crowd would be really happy just to have some mixed martial arts going on over there,” Jackson said recently. “I heard a little buzz when I was there doing some media that everybody was waiting for the fight. They’ll be really excited. They can’t wait for the UFC to come there.”
"I think if anybody has a chance, it’s the UFC because they have little small shows there and everything, but UFC is the biggest show on the planet right now."
“I remember back in the day, (Pride) was the biggest show, but UFC has surpassed them. I think if anybody has a chance, it’s the UFC.”
“I think that Pride had the matchmaking to get exciting fights. I don’t think people understand. Like in America, everybody is always worried about who’s going to win and who’s winning. It isn’t all about that – its entertainment at the end of the day."
“The fans want to see an entertaining fight and the fans got that. In America, I don’t think we have that yet. We are still years behind the Japanese fans and the people that watch fights. That’s my opinion.”
“If I have anything to do with it, I’m going to go there and fight my heart out and put on a big show. I’ll try to put on the most exciting fight that the fans have ever seen so maybe they’ll want to have the UFC come back.”
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