Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: I'm back into my Pride state of mind (Update)Posted on February 20, 2012, 12:05 PM by Joey Santosus
Former Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who will square off with Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Japan, discusses his opponent, as well as his long awaited return to "The Land of the Rising Sun." Jackson admits that he's not concerned with the outcome of the bout, and says that he is looking forward to putting on an exciting show for the Japanese fans. (Check back to this post for Part 2 of Karyn Bryant's exclusive interview coming soon!)
"I'm mostly just excited to go to Japan and put on a great show for them. I don't really care about the outcome of the fight. It's kind of odd to say that, but I feel like I'm back into my Pride state of mind. That's when I fought my best fights, when I was in Pride, because there was no pressure - I didn't care. ... Pride was all about the show. They understand in Japan that there can't always be a draw. The guy can't always win. A fighter can't have an undefeated career. They understand that, but as long as he fights with his heart, then they're okay with it. And that's the mentality I'm taking into this fight."
Further Reading: "Rampage" Jackson would have retired had he defeated Jon Jones