Bellator-quinton-Rampage-jackson-heads-home" target="_blank">MMAFighting's Dave Doyle sat down with Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson ahead of his fight vs. Muhammad "King" Mo Lawal, in the finals of the Bellator season 10 light heavyweight tournament on May 17. The event will be held in Jackson's hometown of Memphis, Tenn, and airs live on pay per view.
The interview was vintage Rampage, with references to one of few times he previously fought in Memphis - he couldn't remember the opponent or the finish but did recall "I hooked up with my ex-girlfriend's mom, too. That part I didn't forget."
Bellator's initial attempt at PPV, headlined by Rampage vs. Tito Ortiz was canceled after "The People's Champ" injured his neck. To hear Jackson tell it, the fight was not popular with many fans.
"It just didn't look like the fans was into that fight on social media and stuff," said Jackson. "It looked like, a lot of times you get like one percent of haters, but that fight had more than one percent, that had like 40 percent haters. Seemed like a lot of people didn't like that fight. You can't let haters stop you, but at the same time you hear it, you see it, I think the haters still would have tuned in just to see what would happen, but they were out there."
"People don't understand. There's a lot of haters, they say rude things, ‘washed up' and ‘has beens' and stuff like that. You can't let those people get you down. But I know that Tito dodged a bullet, ‘cuz he was getting knocked out, because I knew what was going on with me."
"If the fans want to enjoy watching me fight, enjoy me with my love for fighting, it's fine. But if they don't, it don't cross my mind. If the fans still love me, I can put on good shows for them."
Rampage also made reference to the scuffle with Lawal at Mohegan Sun after he knocked out Christian M'Pumbu at Bellator 110. The tussle is widely believed to have been scripted.
"After I knocked out Christian Oomdooboo, I was still hyped up, because he said he was going to end my career," said Jackson. "Listen, people don't understand I don't hate Mo. I don't know whether Mo hates me or stuff like that. We had beef back in the day and our argument, our scuffle had nothing to do with our beef."
"I'll just say, it was my time to shine, I was excited after the fight, and I had no idea he was going to be in the cage. If you go back and watch it, I was looking even before Mo was there that I'm the man of Bellator. He said what he had to say, I said what he had to say, but I'm still hyped up. I'm in the cage, I have my gloves on, I'm a fighter. I kind of went at him. Anyone who I was going to fight, if he came to the cage, I would have done the same thing."
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