UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson is used to surprising people. Not only is he one of the few PRIDE fighters to find success inside the Octagon, he's done it against two of the sport's biggest icons in Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson.
Now 3-0 in UFC, "Rampage" looks to broaden his horizons with the creation of the "Rampage Empire," and by working behind the scenes with UFC President Dana White on an unknown endeavor.
I managed to track down the 205-pound superstar for a few minutes of Q&A. As we've come to expect from the boisterous Jackson, the results speak for themselves.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): What's up Rampage, how's the hand? When are we going to see you back in the Octagon?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: It feels good, I should be ready to start punchin' in a few weeks. I'm gettin' back to training and all that. As far as my return, I don't know what the hell's goin' on. You guys will probably find out before I do.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): Dana White mentioned that he's got "big plans" for you in the near future. What's he alluding to?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: I love Mexicans. I love tacos, burritos...I don't know man, I don't know what the hell Dana's talkin' about.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): So you're not prepared to announce your role as coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: I can't announce none of that. I can't announce the new Rampage energy drink that's coming out, I can't announce my new deal with Affliction, I can't announce the Rampage rims for your ride. I can't announce nothin'.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): How would you do in that type of role as a guy who notoriously loathes training?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: I hate training. I'm not sayin' I don't train - I'm the hardest training guy in this sport but I don't like it. I hate it. That's why I have to whoop so much ass. That fool standing across from me in the Octagon made me train for so long just to fight them. Now they have to pay. It's punishment, dammit.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): What's your prediction for the Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva fight at UFC 79?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: I think it's gonna be a good fight. (Yawns) Damn, I need a Rampage energy drink right about now. I wish they would have done it a few years ago back in the day. They both lost two fights but they were against good people - well, Chuck lost to Jardine, let me check that - it don't matter. Two fights don't end a career.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): What's your contract status with the UFC? How long will you be around?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: Damn, you askin' some nosy-ass questions. I ain't tellin' you none of that. Damn, you nosy.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): Do you think the UFC could have done a better job of marketing you?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: The UFC is very smart with their marketing. They just want to make sure I have the belt for awhile. Marketing is expensive. Why they gonna spend all that money and then have me get knocked out by Dan Henderson like he did to Wanderlei? Then they gotta market Dan and then he gets knocked out. The UFC been around awhile that's why they're on top. I'm not trippin' on them for marketing 'cause I can market my damn self.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): Were you disappointed that Fedor signed with M-1 instead of the UFC?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: Who the hell is M-1? I love Fedor, so whatever he does is good for him. I wish he was in the UFC but I guess I'll have to watch him in M-1 - whatever the hell that is.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): Is there anyone in the light heavyweight division you want to fight? What about Sokoudjou? He's talking about making some noise.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: Whoever they give me. I ain't worried about these guys talkin' crap. They just trying to blow themselves up. That's the oldest trick in the book. They crazy if they think I'm fallin' for that crap. I do my talkin' inside the Octagon. I don't talk crap about nobody until after I whoop their ass except in some cases if they have bad breath or they ugly as hell.
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): How do you feel about fighting a friend? What if they offered you Tito?
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: I might not want to do it, but I guess I would fight a friend if they wanted the belt or if they needed the money that comes with fighting the champ. What kind of friend would I be if I didn't? I'll do anything for my friends. Well, almost anything. I ain't dyin' for them. I ain't Jesus Christ man, I got kids.
Hurry up with those questions homeboy I gotta take a mean crap. You wanna come into the bathroom and finish this?
Jesse Holland (MMAmania): Uh, no thanks!