Quinton "Rampage" Jackson talks a great game. Sometimes he means it, sometimes he doesn't. He's smart enough to know how to play the media well. We ask him a question, stick a microphone in his radio and hope he'll give us one. Usually, Jackson gives us five or six.
"There's not many great talkers in the sport," said Jon Jones, the light heavyweight champion and Rampage's opponent this Saturday at UFC 135. "So, it's just a learning experience."
Jackson dominated the UFC 135 press conference in July (watch the highlights below). If they kept score at such things, Jackson would clearly have earned the unanimous decision victory.
"In the future, no one's going to look back on history books of martial arts and talk about what was said that much, what insults he hit me with," Jones told Newsday. "It'll be more based around who won the fight, and I'm very aware of that."
Keeping Rampage out of your head can be difficult for a fighter. It can be easy to get caught up in the moment and try to defend yourself, which means you've stopped thinking about the fight with fists and focused on the fight with words. Most of the time, Rampage is just talking to talk.
"I don't care what type of thunder a fighter has," Jackson said. "I'm the type of person where I'm happy for everybody. More power to him. I get what I wanted to get out of being a professional fighter, let him get whatever he wants out of it. I’m not a hater. I don’t care. I just want to get my belt back and be successful. I don’t care about his fame or popularity. That don’t bother me either way.”