“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.”
At today’s UFC 144 pre-fight press conference in Japan, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Rampage Jackson told the media in attendance that he likes the Japanese fans better than the American fans.
For Rampage, who spent a good portion of his career under the PRIDE banner, it makes sense that he may have a kinship with the Japanese fans who took him in as their own back when he was climbing the world rankings. There is something to be said about the Japanese spirit and their respect for the martial arts.
But jealous? Is anyone jealous of the fact that he is partial to the Asian crowds?
(quote via Daniel Herbertson from today’s UFC press conference)