Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, a well-known veteran of the UFC, recently shared a humorous perspective on why he prefers Japanese fans over American fans. According to him, it’s all about the pretty girls in Japan asking for pictures.
The 45-year-old Jackson, who made his presence felt in the UFC’s octagon starting in 2007, boasts a storied MMA career filled with thrilling matches and numerous knockouts.
Known for his entertaining persona both inside and outside the cage, Jackson remains a beloved figure among MMA enthusiasts even in retirement. His quick wit and irreverent humor have endeared him to fans.
During a recent appearance on the Jaxxon podcast, Jackson recounted how his life underwent a transformation after becoming a famous mixed martial artist. Notably, his fame skyrocketed upon joining the UFC, as MMA was not as mainstream during his earlier years in the sport.
“I used to be popular as f*ck over there. I used to be famous in Japan because Japan has groupies. It’s like being a basketball player over there. We got no groupies over here. I was a man over there,” Jackson reminisced.
He went on to explain that upon returning home after fights, he could lead a relatively normal life as not many recognized him. Only hardcore fans approached him for photos or autographs. However, that all changed when he entered the UFC.
“As soon as I fight in the UFC, I couldn’t really go anywhere without people asking me for pictures and stuff the whole time,” Jackson recalled.
His preference for Japanese fans boils down to one amusing factor: there are more women in Japan who love MMA.
“I’ll be honest. I like the fame part over in Japan because sometimes a hot *ss girl will come up and ask for a picture. Here in America…it’s only dudes,” Jackson humorously explained.
Jackson’s connection with Japan extends beyond his fanbase. In 2001, he moved to Japan and competed in Pride FC and other Japanese promotions until 2006. During this time, he met Japanese woman Yuki Imoto and married her in 2002. The couple had two children but eventually separated in 2006.
Although Jackson had his last professional MMA bout in 2019, when he faced heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 237, he made a return in April, teaming up with Bob Sapp for a unique two-on-two boxing match within the Thailand-based promotion Fight Circus.