Would a knockout by any other name than Rampage
be so sweet?
UFC fans will tell you anything can happen once those cage doors close. But for tomorrow's pay-per-view event, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson wants you to know there will be one constant: "I always want to knock somebody out." Not surprisingly, the man named "Rampage" wants to put Keith Jardine to sleep ... with his fists.
In the talent-stacked light-heavyweight division, Jackson knows all too well the sight of an unconscious opponent lying at his feet. We recently caught up with him, and he explained how he gained that wisdom: "At the beginning of my career, I wasn't really knocking that many people out. Getting a boxing trainer and learning their techniques really was it ... I really don't think it comes from lifting weights. It just comes from the techniques, and boxing has best the techniques for that."Rampage reminisces on obliterating another man's conscience
, after the jump.
What's more important: power or technique?
"It's a little bit of both. It has got to be a little bit of both. If you have punching power and you don't have the techniques, then you most likely won't have knockout power."
In classic fights like Rocky Balboa vs. Ivan Drago or Bruce Lee vs. the knife-handed-amputee Han, right before that final blow they longingly stare into each other's eyes and see their opponent break. Does that happen even the least bit in real life?
"I don't see that unless I rock the guy and I see him hurt and that I knocked him out. Maybe in boxing, but in boxing they can slow things down a little bit more than us in MMA. Boxing is a different art than what we do. MMA is just a whole different animal. I never even look at the guy's eyes soon as we start fighting. I look at his chest so I can see everything. I can see his kicks coming, his knees, punches, takedowns -- I can see that looking at his chest. If I hit him and I know he's rocked is the only time I can say, 'I'm going to try and knock him out.' But even then, in MMA he can grab you and take you down."Seems like there's a lot of similarities between picking up women at bars and knocking a man out during a cage fight. The golden rule: confidence.
"What you have to have is confidence. In MMA, I've learned that even guys whose stand-up isn't as good as the other guy, who might be more technical, but the other guy is more confident in his stand-up and he is looping out his punches and not that technical -- he can knock the other guy out just 'cause he's confident in what he's throwing. You've got to have confidence."
If you had to tell any of your knockouts that they were your "most special knockout," which one would it be?
"I think my last knockout was my favorite, the one of Wanderlei
. I trained so hard for that, and that was exactly what I trained to do. It was perfect." The victory over Wanderlei Silva was a perfect counterpunch knockout.
"That's my style. I like the defense. That's the best time to knock somebody out -- when they're trying to punch you, when they are trying to knock you out. They come in, their chin is up and their hands are down. That's the best time to knock somebody out. That's why I do that."
With all the knockout punching and the big body slams, do you ever want to just pull guard and not try to cave their skull in?
"I've got some jiu-jitsu skills, but quite honestly I don't have a passion for it. I have just enough to keep me from being submitted or being put in a bad position. That's on me, I should train more on jiu-jitsu, but I just want to punch people. I like punching."Click on the links below for more with MMA's elite fighters.
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