Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
After Pride 15
Gong Kakutogi Plus Vol. 14, September 2001
Translated by Kondo Yoko
[Quinton begins the interview complaining of jet-lag.]
Q: How was Sakuraba?
Jackson: He is an excellent fighter. He choked me out, but I respect him anyway. If possible, I want a rematch. when I'm in good condition, because I had to lose 27 lbs. this time (from 220 lbs. to 193).
Q: Do you usually use "Power Bomb"?
Jackson: That's right. "Body Slam" is my favorite technique. The fans like it too, and I can hurt my opponent a lot.
Q: Do you think you hurt Sakuraba with your "Power Bomb?"
Jackson: Mentally yes, but not much physically. It worked for me before, however.
Q: What is the meaning of the chain around your neck?
Jackson: It is my good luck charm and symbolizes my style [he imitates barking like a dog: woof, woof (in Japanese, "wan, wan")]. Don't I look like a dog?
Q: You were arrested just before coming to Japan. Did it affect your fight in any way?
Jackson: Yes, a lot. And I couldn't wait for this event, so I didn't eat anything for 2 days and had to lose 13 lbs. in one day yesterday. I didn't realize Pride had weight limits, but maybe I'm the only one who had to lose weight.
Q: Why did you have to lose weight?
Jackson: You're asking me? I want to know too! [Quinton's second tells him, "the Pride contract says your weight should be under 88 kg (= 193.5 lbs)"].
Q: What is your fight record so far?
Jackson: Including today? It's 13 wins and 2 loses. It's my first loss by submission.
Q: What is your impression of Sakuraba?
Jackson: He's a nice guy. I like his fighting style too, because he cares about the fans and tries to give them a good show. When I was backstage before the fight, he patted my back and shaked my hands. He's a very good guy.
Q: Are you going to continue to live in a bus?
Jackson: If I have a chance to enter Pride one more time, I'll promise to show the fans an enjoyable fight. So I want them to rent an apartment for me. If it happens, I want to invite that lovely Japanese girl there [pointing to the female cameraman in front of him], a girl like you [the female cameraman looks flustered] (Quinton laughes).
Q: Did you find a good bus in Japan?
Jackson: Your car seems to be good (laughs).
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