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Sunday, August 10, 2014
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with MMA legend, actor, and Bellator fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Still fighting at age 36, with a 15-year MMA career including 46 fights and 35 wins, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson remains a headliner. His last fight was the main event of the Bellator pay-per-view of May 17, 2014, when he won a close and controversial three-round decision over "King" Mo Lawal, to win the Bellator season 10 light heavyweight tournament final.
We spoke with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson July 30 at a Bellator media day at Dave and Buster's in New York.
Asked about that fight, he said, "Yeah, I watched the replay. It's always going to be people saying different things when the fight is a close decision."
He continued, "It was a good fight. King Mo had a game plan that he thought that could make him victorious in the fight. And I fight the way I normally fight: I fight to excite the crowds, and I always try to knock my opponents out."
As for the decision, he said, "I think the judges did a good job in calling the fight. King Mo won the first one, I won the second one, and the third one was close, and I did just enough to win."
He also explained how he considers himself "a showman", that he plans to retire from fighting in about two years and continue working in the entertainment industry, what he expects from new Bellator president Scott Coker, why he would "love a rematch" with King Mo, why a title fight with Bellator light heavyweight champ Emanuel Newton is unlikely since they have "the same coach" and have trained with one another, and more.
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