Pride FC vet and former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of facing Matt Hamill. At first.
Jackson told MMAFighting earlier in the week that he would rather have fought his originally scheduled opponent Thiago Silva and that Hamill “wasn’t on my radar at all.” Then Hamill did a few interviews where he pledged to break Jackson’s will, make him quit — that didn’t sit well with the howling Memphis native.
“Rampage” spoke with MMAFighting again and revealed how Hamill’s comments got him fired up and are sure to work against “The Hammer” when they meet later this month.
“My main motivation is to win, but I think Matt made a mistake when he said he’s going to break my will and I’m going to overlook him,” said Jackson. “That lit a fire up under my ass. That made me train a little bit harder so I can break his will, and make sure I can outclass him.”
Jackson, who has lacked motivation for some past fights, was frank in admitting that he wasn’t compelled to give training his all before Hamill let loose with a little trash talk.
“Honestly in the beginning, fighting him, I wasn’t 100 percent motivated as I would be vs. someone who had beaten me before or something like that,” he said. “But when he said that, that motivated me as much as I’ve been motivated in a fight.”
Jackson and Hamill will meet in the main event of UFC 130, which goes down on the 28th of this month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.