Rampage Jackson Would Rather Fight For Japanese Fans Than American
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Quinton Jackson was vocal about his desire to fight at UFC 144 in Japan and his request was granted by UFC owner Lorenzo Fertita as he will face Ryan Bader when the promotion returns to Japan in February.
At the UFC 144 press conference yesterday, Jackson discussed why he likes fighting in Japan more than fighting in America:
"Back when I was fighting here, I had so much energy. I just wanted to put on a good show for the fans because all the energy they give. In America, you_re under so much pressure to win at all costs because the fans talk shit to you if you lose even if it_s a good, exciting fight. In Japan, it_s just a different energy. Who knows? Maybe I_ll take more chances and not care because it_s all about the crowd. I react to the crowd. I don_t care about the people watching on TV ... In Japan, I used to slam a lot and put on more of a show because the energy from the fans gave me power and I don_t feel the same energy in the US. So, I can_t honestly say I improved or evolved in a good way since leaving Japan. I_m all about putting on an exciting fight in Japan. One thing I love about Japanese fans and why I love them the most is that they don_t care if you win or lose. All they care is if you have samurai spirit, that you put on a good fight. That_s why Japanese fans are my favorite. And American fans are jealous that I say that all the time."
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