Throughout his MMA career, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Rampage is successful, he will faint or throw the left jab which forces the opponent to slide back out of range; because he wants to avoid the possibility of being hit with the punch. When the adversary moves backward, Jackson will take a couple of steps forward and restart the process of fainting or throwing the left jab until the foe is near the fence. Once this happens, he will continuously throw a lead left hook followed by the right hook or overhand right; with the intention of severely hurting and knocking out the opponent. For instance, during the first fight against King Mo, Rampage fainted or threw the left jab forcing Mo to hop or slide back out of range on numerous occasions. Eventually, King Mo surrendered so much ground due to the threat of the left jab that he was near the fence. As a result of this, Rampage began to throw the lead left hook followed by the right hook or overhand right; with an occasional uppercut when Mo would duck down for a takedown attempt. Rampage’s strategy allowed him to pick up a controversial decision victory over King Mo.
However, one can argue Rampage Jackson’s fighting style has been the catalyst for his losses in MMA. This is because Rampage has often developed tunnel vision in search of the knockout that he disregards the wrestling aspect of mixed martial arts. In fact, when Jackson has an opponent near the fence, he tends to throw a wide lead left hook followed by a right hook or overhand right with the intention of generating as much power as possible. Jackson’s strategy gives his foes a chance to duck beneath the punches and create an opportunity for the clinch. Once the clinch has started, the opponent will reverse Rampage and put him up against the fence. Although one would expect fighters to try to get away from the wall, that is not the case with Rampage. Quinton will attempt to create space inside the clinch to throw some right uppercuts to the head and knees to the body. After a few moments, he stops striking, and the opponent is back on top of him to stay busy and win rounds by throwing some strikes or attempting takedowns. Due to this, Rampage has repeatedly asked his promoters to book him in fights vs. foes who are willing to strike with him. For example, in March of 2012, Rampage made an appearance on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” and said that; he was upset “with the UFC and the opponents they’ve been giving me…. why you giving me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?”
As a result of this, I suggest that the president of Bellator Scott Coker consider moving Rampage to their kickboxing promotion after he fights Chael Sonnen. This is because the rules for Bellator kickboxing prohibit any takedown attempts by the competitors. According to their website, “competitors will attack and defend using punches (including spinning back fists), kicks and knee strikes… prohibited techniques include elbow strikes, throws, takedowns, and submission attempts”. Therefore Rampage gets his wish to fight foes who are willing to strike with him, and Bellator receives more exciting contests from him.
Furthermore, the company can get more eyeballs to its new kickboxing promotion with a Rampage Jackson fight. Rampage has attracted at least a million viewers to each of his Bellator fights which is an average of 700 thousand more viewers than the kickboxing promotion.