Rampage Jackson plans to put on an exciting show for his "Favorite Fans" in JapanPosted on November 28, 2011, 03:51 PM by Joey Santosus
"I had to fight and complain and b---- to my manager (to get on the UFC 144 card). Now I think the representatives of UFC are upset with me a little bit - But ask me, do I care? Back when I was fighting here, I had so much energy. I just wanted to put on a good show for the fans because all the energy they give. In America, you're under so much pressure to win at all costs because the fans talk s--- to you if you lose, even if it's a good, exciting fight. In Japan, it's just a different energy. Who knows? Maybe I'll take more chances and not care because it's all about the crowd. I react to the crowd. I don't care about the people watching on TV. ... I'm all about putting on an exciting fight in Japan. One thing I love about Japanese fans and why I love them the most is that they don't care if you win or lose. All they care is if you have samurai spirit, that you put on a good fight. That's why Japanese fans are my favorite. And American fans are jealous that I say that all the time." - For more from Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, visit MMAFighting.com
Japanese fans are Rampage Jackson's favorite, and he doesn't care if that makes his American fanbase jealous. Why? Because, according to Jackson, win or lose, Japanese fans admire his "Samurai Spirit."
Once a major star in the Japanese based organization, PRIDE FC, "Rampage" slammed and brutalized opponents en-route to international success. After multiple wars with Wanderlei Silva and high-profile victories over such opponents as Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, Jackson made his UFC debut in 2007. In the time since, he's posted a respectable 7-3 mark, most recently coming up short against Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Now, after a bit of campaigning on his part, Jackson will return to the Land of the Rising Sun in February, where he says he'll be looking to put on an exciting show when he meets Ryan Bader. So what's the word LowKick'ers? Will the Japanese fanbase be enough to bring out Jackson's "Samurai Spirit," and if so, should American fans be envious?
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