Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson talks spiking an opponent in wrestling and getting hung out to dry by then coach

Quinton Jackson emerged as a dominant force in mixed martial arts. With a career spanning back to 1999, the 45-year-old star showcased his skills across various promotions before making his mark in the UFC in 2007. His journey reached its pinnacle that year when he clinched the UFC light heavyweight championship by defeating Chuck Liddell. Despite a setback against Forrest Griffin, Jackson’s legacy as one of the fiercest contenders in the UFC remained intact.

Before stepping into the octagon, Jackson honed his athleticism as a freestyle wrestler during his time at Raleigh-Egypt High School. Renowned for his formidable presence, an intriguing incident from one of his matches resurfaced on social media, sparking widespread debate.

In a recent episode of his podcast ‘The Jaxxon Podcast’, Jackson revisited the controversial moment. Recounting his first freestyle tournament, he described a pivotal encounter where he executed a powerful slam against his opponent.

Amidst the match, Jackson’s opponent attempted a takedown, only to face an unexpected maneuver as Jackson lifted and forcefully slammed him onto the mat. The move stirred up a storm of controversy, with the referee deeming it a foul.

Reflecting on the incident, Jackson expressed his perspective, stating, “This was my first freestyle tournament, and they said slamming was legal.” Despite the uproar from his opponent’s camp,

Jackson defended his actions, asserting that the move was within the bounds of legality. He elaborated on the aftermath, where his opponent’s coach voiced disbelief and concern over the unconventional maneuver.

“In freestyle wrestling, slamming is generally not allowed,” acknowledged Jackson. However, he maintained that his move adhered to the rules prevalent at that time. Despite facing criticism and opposition, Jackson stood firm in his stance, emphasizing that his actions were not only permissible but also a display of his prowess on the wrestling mat.

And while Jackson was clear on the rules, his coach wasn’t too eager to defend him. Rampage would later become a household name after a slam knockout he pulled off on Ricardo Arona.

While the slam knockout played a big part in him having negotiating power, he wouldn’t be able to cash in on it until the UFC bought out Pride and with it, his contract. In turn, Rampage ended up with a $7M payday thanks to a PPV clause in the Pride contract