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Rampage Jackson: 'PRIDE tournaments were fixed'

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"The UFC treats me better than Pride. I don't know what their [PRIDE] problem was but they wouldn't promote me at all, they cheated me out of money from dolls and t-shirts, not paying me... when my contract was up and we were negotiating and I wanted more money and they were telling me ‘oh, but you're a nobody.' This was after I had fought in the Grand Prix and beat Igor Vovchanchyn. Even after I went to that K-1 fight and represented them in K-1, they were mad I won that K-1 fight! Just stuff like that... Igor Vovchanchyn, I got two weeks notice [for the fight]. Ninja, two weeks notice. It was bad. The tournaments were fixed. They said they drew numbers from a hat. It was all set up for Wanderlei to win. It was really bad. Even in some fights they would stand you up when you were winning, different stuff like that."

Former Pride FC star and UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson talked to Fighters Only Magazine about the not-so-good old days of the Japan based mixed martial arts promotion. "Rampage" implies some pretty serious wrongdoings on the part of Pride, including cheating him out of money and fixing fights. Of course, this isn't the first time we've heard about certain questionable practices employed by the folks in the "land of the rising sun." So, is this just "Rampage" being "Rampage," or are there some legitimate gripes to be had on behalf of Jackson and other Pride FC veterans?

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