He's the only fighter to have beaten UFC legend Chuck "Iceman" Liddell twice. Now light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is ready to put his coaching skills to the test on the latest season of Spike TV's hit series The Ultimate Fighter. MensFitness.com recently caught up with Rampage to get his thoughts on broken bones, gym etiquette, and why even a champ hates 6 a.m. training sessions.
Everyone knows you rule the Octagon when it comes to fighting, but how do you feel about your coaching skills for the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter?
Coaching skills? I shouldn't even be allowed to carry a Coach wallet.
So we're guessing you won't be making a career change anytime soon?
I do what I have to do to help the fighters on the show, but the bottom line is a fighter's either got it or he ain't.
Can you recall your very first fight?
My mom said I've been fighting since I was in Pampers. But the first fight I remember happened when I was 5 years old. I let this kid borrow one of my Hot Wheels cars. A few days later I asked for it back and he said he had lost it. I started walking home and I thought, 'No, I can't let him get away with that.' So I came back and just whooped up on him. He was one of my good friends but I liked my Hot Wheels better.
Did he end up finding your missing Hot Wheels car?
No, but he found a hot ass-whoopin'.
What is the most gruesome injury you've experienced while fighting?
I really don't like thinking about that stuff—but it wasn't very fun when I broke my hand [during his victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 75]. I would say the most gruesome injury I've seen was when Cro Cop got his leg bent backwards [against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 70], even though he ended up being all right.
What's it like being one of the most feared fighters in the world?
I know it might sound weird but it's really not something I think about. I just do what I do. It's my job.
What's your workout routine like?
It depends. For training camp I wake up at 6 in the morning and run three miles. I spend a lot of time sparring and wrestling too. But everything varies from day to day. You'll just have to come up to the mountains and see what I go through. I actually try to block it all out. I hate training—it sucks.
You're obviously a guy who has spent a lot of time in the gym, so we're assuming you know all about proper gym etiquette.
Oh yeah, I know a thing or two about the gym.
OK, let's say you have a funky smelling guy who is stinking up the machines. We aren't talking about a little sweat. This guy smells like he hasn't had a shower in three days. What do you say to him?
'Hey man, there's a shower back there in that locker room. Go try it out before you workout. Are you living in your car or something?'
Guys who talk to you while you're trying to workout.
'Are you hitting on me? What are you here for—to workout or hit on me?
Guys who take calls from their girlfriends in the middle of a workout.
'Come on, man. Either hang up or get a room. What's wrong with you?'
Guys who don't return the weights to the racks.
'Hey man, does your momma live here? Return those weight to the rack!'
Guys who drop weights.
'Damn, you ain't strong enough to put those things down? Well, then don't pick them up!'
Guys who sneak peeks at other guys in the locker room.
'Ohh, you guys are in the wrong gym. I suppose they have other kinds of gyms out there ... but this ain't one of them.'
Guys who hog the equipment by resting on it during breaks.
'Get your weak ass up. This is a workout!'
Guys who fill up gallon jugs at the water fountain while you're waiting for a drink.
'What the hell's wrong with you? You don't have running water at home? Bring your own water if you're going to lug around that big ol' jug. It's water—it's free.'
Old naked guys in the sauna who don't mind letting their junk hang out.
'Get your old wrinkled ass out of the sauna. That's why your ass is wrinkled. You spend all your time in the sauna and not working out. At least put on some Speedos.
Guys who hit on every girl in the gym.
'Hey man, save that for the nightclubs. At least there's a chance the girls will be buzzing at the club—and by the looks of it you need all the help you can get.'
Check out The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Spike TV.