Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Discusses His Future in Fighting with Bas Rutten

Adam OsterkampContributor IIISeptember 21, 2011

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, despite his moniker, is a kind, fun-loving warrior. This becomes fully evident during Jackson’s interview with Bas Rutten.

Leading up to his fight at UFC 135 with Jon “Bones” Jones, Jackson has being doing lots of press. He and Jones even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier in the week. Jackson has seemed incredibly confident (and, as always, hysterical) in every interview he’s had.

In his interview with Bas, Jackson doesn’t talk too much about his upcoming fight with Jones. Instead, the two talk at great length about Jackson’s days in Pride, why he continues to fight, his acting chops and his future in the sport.

The most intriguing piece of the interview is when Jackson talks about an interview he had in Japan that brought him to tears. He talks about referring to himself as “Black Samurai” while fighting in Japan, and how the interview made him wonder if he had become a different fighter.

Many fans agree that since his arrival in UFC, Jackson has lost his warrior spirit. For a while, it seemed that Jackson was going to retire and become an actor, which didn’t sit well with many fans. It seemed that Jackson was losing interest in fighting.

Jackson’s interview with Bas does a great job of showing us where he currently stands in the sport. Fighting is something that Jackson loves to do, and it pays his family’s bills as well as his own. 

When asked how he wants to be remembered, Jackson says that he wants to be remembered as “Jackson the entertainer.” He wants people to remember him as a man who didn’t take himself too seriously, but who always came ready to fight and entertain the fans.

If that’s how Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would like to be remembered, he’s already accomplished that in the hearts of many fight fans.