The UFC’s return to Japan proved to be a huge success. Dana White’s UFC 144 Video Blog gives MMA fans a good perspective of what happens behind the scenes, especially during fight week in a unique place like Tokyo.
In this particular Vlog, you see the UFC president interacting with various fighters including Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who happened to miss weight by a whopping 5 pounds. Rampage would go on to lose to Ryan Bader by unanimous decision after re-injuring his knee during the fight.
I find it funny that the first thing White does in the Vlog is tap Rampage’s belly and asks him what his weight is! It’s almost like he knew there was no way this guy was going to make weight in time for the fight, but plays it off, nonetheless.
It’s also interesting to hear that Rampage’s kids actually speak fluent Japanese given that his wife, Yuki is from the Land of the Rising Sun. Jackson has four kids: D’Angelo and Raja — from previous relationships — and Elijah and Naname Nakia Jackson with his current wife. All three boys have the middle name “Rampage”, while the girl was named “Page”.
“I wanna stay here for like a year and learn the language, cause my kids be talking s*** about me, man,” he tells Dana. “You know my two younger kids are Japanese. Yeah, they’re fluent and they talk s*** about me right in front of my face, man! I just wanna learn just so I can s*** right back to them!”