Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has had a long year.
At the start of 2008, Jackson was the Ultimate Fighting Championship's light heavyweight champion, he was a coach on The Ultimate Fighter, and he was one of the most popular and successful fighters in mixed martial arts.
But Jackson lost his title belt in an epic battle with Forrest Griffin on July 5, and 10 days later he was arrested and charged with felony evading, hit and run and reckless driving, and shortly after that he was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation. Many of Jackson's fans worried that he would never be back.
But he is back, working with new trainers and preparing to fight the opponent who has beaten him twice, Wanderlei Silva, at UFC 92 on December 27.
In a phone interview, I talked to Jackson about fighting Silva again, his preparation, and why he hopes to have a career as an actor.
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson on Wanderlei Silva and Why Acting Is Easier Than Fighting originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 08:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.