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Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson attacks 'clickbait press' for reporting the things he says

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is not happy that the media is focusing on negative stories about him leading up to his Bellator 175 fight against Mo Lawal on Friday March 30th.

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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is not happy with the media leading into his Bellator 175 rematch against "King" Mo Lawal on Friday, March 31st. That's because they keep taking quotes from his recent interviews and posting them online, making him look like he's not as devoted to cage fighting as he used to be.

Case in point: Jackson was on ESPN over the weekend and answered a question about career regrets by stating he wished he'd never begun fighting in the first place.

“I would have to honestly say that my biggest regret is even starting this sport,” he said, which of course became the basis for many a headline on sports websites across the internet. The implications people read into those comments left a bad taste in Quinton's mouth.

“Man, half the time when you do interviews, you get negative people in the world who want to spin words and get clickbait, or just get people to listen to their interviews," he said on the MMA Hour. "It’s hard being in the public eye when you just keep it real. The guy asked me, on the spot, what was my biggest regret about doing MMA, and I thought about my family. I left everything back in Memphis and I moved to California. I left everything."

It's a fascinating personal story Jackson continues to share here, and no wonder it's stood out above all the standard "Rampage" funny business leading up to the fight. But that means the media and the fans aren't focusing on how Quinton wants to kick Mo Lawal's ass ... they're wondering just how deep this river of regret he's given us a glimpse of runs.

“Since I’ve been a fighter, I’ve been screwed out of millions of dollars by managers and people pretending to be friends,” Jackson said later on the show. “When I was champion, I had a lot of fake friends around me. And as soon as I lost the belt, where did they go? My family, they’re always there. They always tell me they miss me and they’re proud of me. So I just wish I would’ve stayed home in Memphis and been with my family, the people who like me.”

“I would’ve been a construction worker, just like the rest of my family, and happy. And that’s all I said. But you’ve got negative people that spin it and take it out of context, and it gets annoying sometimes when people do that. So, I just kept it real, like I always do. I keep it real. You ask me a question, I’m going to give you the honest, most real answer I can possibly give you.”

As a human being, these are powerful personal statements that not many public figures would share. It sounds like the kind of stuff Mike Tyson delved into in his one man shows. If “Rampage” started his own, I’d buy a ticket. That being said, it's somewhat worrisome hearing a fighter ruminating like this in the lead up to a dangerous fight. Is Quinton committed? Is he confident? Does he still have that fire for fighting? These quotes are not making a solid case for that.

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