Rampage hopes UFC can resurrect JMMA

by Jeff Cain | source: mmaweekly.com
 

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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FRAZTV site profile image  

2/25/12 5:46 PM by FRAZTV

GTFO. It has NOTHING to do with the American's being "way behind the Japanese" in their understanding of the sport.American fans boo at all sporting events...football, baseball, college ball, whatever. Japanese fans don't boo in any sports. It's NOT because Japanese people understand their sports more. It's just a cultural thing.

Caligulus site profile image  

2/25/12 2:56 PM by Caligulus

<blockquote>Krs10KO.com - "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.”<br><br>Maybe you should start by making weight.<br>Just sayin... <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/></blockquote><br /><br />You're the reason fighters hate to meet people.

dingdong_malice site profile image  

2/25/12 2:28 PM by dingdong_malice

Oh, and also the japanese fans are so much better in how they dont boo. But i dont like the total silence.No booing + chants + cheering = winThe UFC needs to find a country where the above is true and only hold events there.

dingdong_malice site profile image  

2/25/12 2:27 PM by dingdong_malice

I agree with him in that the UFC has surpassed Pride but disagree in the "its not about winning". Seeing a fighter I support get the W is just as entertaining to me as watching two prelim fighters put on a show. Obviously i dont want to see LNP all the time but i dont need constant action to enjoy mma.And funnily enough I think the Japanese have the same view, the initial interest was sparked because of sakuraba and after he started losing is when the japanese started losing interest.

TheSaver site profile image  

2/25/12 1:08 PM by TheSaver

This is his first time not making weight. Also "Just sayin" is what girls say get back to the kitchen, bitch.

Chaz Johnson site profile image  

2/25/12 1:07 PM by Chaz Johnson

He ate to much Japanese food for sure he loves that place.

Krs10KO.com site profile image  

2/25/12 12:55 PM by Krs10KO.com

"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.”Maybe you should start by making weight.Just sayin...

CaptChaos site profile image  

2/25/12 12:37 PM by CaptChaos

Aside form the UFC surpassing Pride, I think Page was spot on with his assesment. The American fans are way behind the Japanese fans when it comes to understanding the sport and respecting the fighters. I also agree with the show and the entertainment factor over just winning! I hate when the American fans boo. I've been to a lot of live UFC's and boing is rampant! Too many knuckleheads in the crowd!

skibby site profile image  

2/25/12 12:04 PM by skibby

I miss Pride. Oh well, like Rampage says, we got UFC now, might as well make the best of it.

r_o_y site profile image  

2/25/12 11:59 AM by r_o_y

in before people throw a fit about jackson saying ufc has surpassed pride