At today’s UFC 135 press conference, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson responded to Chael Sonnen’s recent claims (video) that fights in PRIDE were fixed, and that some of the legends of the organization like Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva “sucked.”
“There’s something wrong with him,” said Jackson (props to Fighter’s Only for the transcription). “You know when you when someone’s slow and you feel bad for them? If he concentrated on his own game rather than talking about everyone he might be winning his fights.”
The paths of the two fighters almost crossed earlier this year. When Thiago Silva was forced out of his planned bout with Jackson at UFC 130, Sonnen was first in line asking to step in on Silva’s behalf. Matt Hamill was eventually chosen to fill in for Silva, but Sonnen was willing to step up to fight one of the top contenders in a heavier weight class. Despite almost having faced Sonnen, Jackson contends that he doesn’t know who he is.
“I don’t really know who Chael Sonnen is. I actually don’t even know what he looks like, I really don’t. He could come up and talk to me and I would just think he was a fan or something. Straight up.”