In a recent interview, MMAWeekly caught up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to discuss his preparation for his upcoming UFC 92 fight with the “Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva. After a fallout with his former trainer Juanito Ibarra, Rampage discusses training with his new camp Wolfslair Gym in the U.K.
The managers and stuff over there are really good, and it’s just really a good atmosphere. The guys work really hard. I needed a change in my training and how people trained me. I’m a Werewolf, and the name of the gym is the Wolfslair. You do the math. I’m swimming now. It’s helping my cardio get a lot better. I’ve started lifting weights. What do you call it, strength and conditioning.
This fight will be the third time Rampage will face the Axe Murderer. In their first two encounters Rampage fell victim to brutal knees from Silva. But he discusses how this time Silva will be facing a wolf and not a pup.
I think this fight will be different because I think I’m more mature now. I’m a lot older, got a lot more experience. I fought Wanderlei both times when I was a kid, I feel like I was a kid in this sport. I got a little bit better skills now. I won’t have to fight Chuck Liddell first, and this time there won’t be so much pressure. We’re not fighting for any championship, we’re just going out there and fighting for money.
Another way this fight could be different is if Quinton uses his secret weapon in the clinch.
Wanderlei Silva has good breath. Yeah, I never smelled his breath. My breath is worse than Wanderlei’s. It’ll be my secret weapon this fight.
UFC 92 is going to be held on December 27 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This card is headlined by two title bouts as Antonio Rodrigo Nogiera faces Frank Mir for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship and Rashad Evans takes on Forrest Griffin for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championshiip.