Ever since Hollywood came calling and offered UFC star Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson a role in the A-Team movie last year the fighters outlook on the sport that made him famous appears to have changed.
Soon afterwards he fell out with UFC president Dana White and threatened to retire from MMA altogether, and when he was eventually coaxed back to fight Rashad Evans he often looked down and disinterested in his pre-fight interviews, insisting that he now saw his fighting career purely as a way to make money.
He then lost to Evans, the A-Team performed below expectations at the box office, and so far there’s been no word on future roles on the silver screen.
Now he’s just weeks away from a fight at UFC 123 with Lyoto Machida – a man who Rampage has gone out of his way to avoid in recent years, insisting that the Brazilian is boring and doesn’t come to fight.
So it’s safe to say that the former 205lb champion is not in the best of moods right now, and at the launch of a new gym the fighter trains at this quickly became apparent.
Amongst the media in attendence was Fight Magazine who were met with a somewhat frosty reception as Jackson made it clear he’d rather be doing anything but answer the media’s questions at that particular moment.
“I’ve been fighting for 10 years and I’m almost tired of doing interviews,” he said, adding later, “I’ve been doing MMA for so long I’m numb to everything.”
Check out the interview below.
At the same press gathering Rampage then spoke to MMAHeat’s Karyn Bryant. The interview started off on a better foot with the two joking around, but when the conversation turned to his upcoming fight Rampage’s mood quickly darkened, resulting in him walking off mid-interview.
Watch it all unfold below.
It’d be easy to just put this down to the press catching him on a bad day, but the reality is that he’s been like this for some time now. For his last few fights he’s steered clear of much of the media glare though, spending his training camps in relative seclusion in the UK. This time though he decided to move back home and train in the U.S and that means more distractions leading up the fight.
With the media demands upon him only going to increase as fight night approaches on November 23rd you can’t help but wonder how well Rampage is going to cope with it all and what, if any, bearing it will have on his eventual performance in the octagon.