Rampage Jackson on Tito Ortiz bout: 'A lot of people didn't like that fight'

Noel Vasquez

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson talks about his first year in Bellator and admits that fans weren't interested in his scheduled bout with Tito Ortiz.

Quinton Jackson had great runs in Pride and in the UFC, but fans seemed to be down on him after a three-fight losing streak and a move to Bellator. Despite that, the promotion tried to set up Rampage's first bout as their biggest fight in history - the main event of their debut pay-per-view against Tito Ortiz. Ortiz ended up getting injured and the fight never came to fruition, but in an interview with MMA Fighting Rampage admitted that the fans we're really into it anyway:

"It just didn't look like the fans was into that fight on social media and stuff," Jackson said. "It looked like, a lot of times you get like one percent of haters, but that fight had more than one percent, that had like 40 percent haters. Seemed like a lot of people didn't like that fight. You can't let haters stop you, but at the same time you hear it, you see it, I think the haters still would have tuned in just to see what would happen, but they were out there."

Rampage (34-11) is 2-0 in Bellator so far with stoppage wins over Joey Beltran and Christian M'Pumbu. He faces off with rival King Mo Lawal in his next bout on May 17th in his hometown of Memphis, and discussed their dust-up in the cage after his win over M'Pumbu:

"After I knocked out Christian Oomdooboo [sic], I was still hyped up, because he said he was going to end my career," Jackson said. "Listen, people don't understand I don't hate Mo. I don't know whether Mo hates me or stuff like that. We had beef back in the day and our argument, our scuffle had nothing to do with our beef."

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"I'll just say, it was my time to shine, I was excited after the fight, and I had no idea he was going to be in the cage," Jackson said. "If you go back and watch it, I was looking even before Mo was there that I'm the man of Bellator. He said he what he had to say, I said what he had to say, but I'm still hyped up. I'm in the cage, I have my gloves on, I'm a fighter. I kind of went at him. Anyone who I was going to fight, if he came to the cage, I would have done the same thing."

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