by Scott Petersen – MMAWeekly.com
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been training in Big Bear, California for six weeks in order to get ready for his fight against Matt Lindland, which will take place on the WFA’s July 22nd pay-per-view event. This fight will be Rampage’s homecoming to the United States, as he hasn’t fought in America for over four years.
Rampage told MMAWeekly, “I’ve never been this close to my weight this far from a fight.” Prior to his fights in Pride for the past few years, Rampage has been known to fly into Tokyo at a much heavier weight than his division’s 205-pound limit. This time, Jackson is much closer to where he needs to be, and he feels that making weight won’t be a problem.
So, what’s the difference this time? Well, for one, he hasn’t been eating ketchup, and Rampage loves ketchup. He said that he hasn’t had a drop of ketchup.
In addition to his improved diet, Rampage said, “This is the hardest I’ve trained in years. I think this is the hardest I’ve ever trained in my life.”
When MMAWeekly asked Rampage’s trainer, Juanito, how Rampage’s preparation is coming along, he said, “Fantastic! He’s coming along great. His conditioning is impeccable. His work ethic is coming along really good. He’s ready. Mentally, he’s ready, and that’s always been his weakness. Quinton, if he believes in himself, there’s no one that’s gonna stop him at 205 pounds. No one.”
As Rampage said, “[I’m in the] best shape I’ve ever been in before a fight.”