Recently, MMA legend Quinton Rampage Jackson stirred up quite a bit of controversy when he revealed that his “biggest regret” was getting into MMA, because it took him out of Memphis, away from his family.
Rampage of course has been competing in MMA professional for nearly 20 years, and is now currently competing in Bellator MMA, where he picked up a split decision win over Satoshi Ishii back in June of 2016.
Now, in a new interview with MMAFighting, Rampage has clarified his comments, stating:
“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. My family, my car, my job, everything, and I left and moved to California by myself.”
While MMA has taken Rampage all across the globe, he admits that not all of his experiences in the MMA industry have necessarily been good ones.
“SINCE I’VE BEEN A FIGHTER, I’VE BEEN SCREWED OUT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY MANAGERS AND PEOPLE PRETENDING TO BE FRIENDS. WHEN I WAS CHAMPION, I HAD A LOT OF FAKE FRIENDS AROUND ME,” JACKSON SAID. “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.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/30/2017.