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Monday media: Rampage Jackson’s big week

By Zach Arnold | May 20, 2007

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Kazushi Sakuraba vs Quinton Jackson
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This is certainly one of the more memorable matches in PRIDE’s history, featuring established Japanese ‘ace’ Kazushi Sakuraba against (at that time) relative newcomer Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. I’ll never forget the storyline that DSE established to introduce Jackson to the Japanese public. In newspaper and TV outlets, DSE pushed a storyline in which Jackson was a homeless fighter from Memphis who lived in a bus and talked to pigeons while wearing a chain like a junkyard dog around his neck. What made the angle intriguing was that the Japanese fans completely bought into the storyline.

Gryphon takes note of a Kami no Puroresu report that a new company for PRIDE has not been started yet. Kakutolog notes a report in Tokyo Sports where sources have told the paper that while the DSE/UFC PRIDE asset sale transfer negotiations are still ongoing, the hope is that the ‘shinsei’ (newborn) PRIDE promotion will run its first event in the Kanto (Tokyo) area in August.

The Quad Cities Online has a report claiming that Tim Sylvia is going to be in a dancing competition soon (June 29th in Davenport, Iowa).

We have a Steve Blackman and Greg Sirb sighting. Someone alert Charles Jay. It’s a link to a CBS 21 (Harrisburg, PA) story called Special report: License to Hurt, talking about the State of Pennsylvania writing legislation now to regulate MMA in their state.

Onto today’s headlines.

  1. MMA Weekly: Cage Warriors officials arrested
  2. Mike Coughlin: More detailed IFL Chicago house show report
  3. Bloody Elbow: IFL Chicago live impressions and results
  4. The San Diego Union-Tribune: Unleashed gym offers its members a different take on pumping iron (MMA training brings in more members)
  5. Lay and Pray: Rampage Jackson – Chuck will read my fist
  6. UFC HP: Right on time – the ‘old’ Rampage is back
  7. The Houston Chronicle: Illness gets Liddell back on track
  8. The Houston Chronicle: Quinton Jackson prepares to jolt UFC
  9. The Orange County Register: Quinton Jackson fighting for respect (w/ audio clip)
  10. MMA California: Gladiator Challenge Best of the Best results
  11. The Shreveport Times: Promoter happy with local MMA event at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
  12. The Nevada Appeal: Soccer star and cousin of Keith Jardine, Jessica Maule, signs letter of intent with New Mexico Highlands
  13. The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: Local fighters punished in Legends Championship
  14. The Visalia Times-Delta (CA): Rafael Del Real ready to step up in class
  15. The Rochester Post-Bulletin (Minnesota): Aaron Vold suffers upset at Battle at the Barn 20

Topics: IFL, Japan, Media, MMA, PRIDE, UFC, UK, Zach Arnold | 6 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

6 Responses to “Monday media: Rampage Jackson’s big week”

  1. liger05 says:

    Great great fight. Quniton slamming Saku was wonderful and the way Saku recovered and caught Quinton for the submission was a thing of beauty. Just another example of why Saku will always be me favourite fighter!!!

  2. PizzaChef says:

    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Teh American production values! Can’t handle….teh gheyness!!!!!!!!! Oddly enough I have that on DVD when I first wanted to look into PRIDE. Maybe I should throw them out now, lol.

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  4. Rollo the Cat says:

    So, word is that Sakuraba was supposed to be in Cali today for his physical. Any sightings?

  5. Rollo the Cat says:

    Sorry, Loretta Hunt posted on the UG just a short time ago, that Sak’s physical was pushed back to the 23rd.

  6. ChinBo says:

    What most people dont konw is that they (PRIDE) told Quinton when he got there that he would have to cut to 195. This is one of the big reasons he gassed so badly in this fight.

    Also while Pride played up some of the ghetto-aspects of his character he was living in a bus with his son at the time of this fight

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