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Did Pride ask Rampage to take a dive?

 There’s a very interesting article on the Sherdog.com homepage talking about a past interview Quinton “Rampage” Jackson did with MMA Today in which he claims that Pride offered him a $2,000 bonus if he lost to Kazushi Sakuraba in their match in 2001 by knockout or submission.

Here’s the quote that I think will grow to become quite infamous:

“I’m never the type of fighter that would lose for money,” Jackson said. “I don’t do that. But they told me, ‘If you win this fight, you get $10,000.’ But they told me — these are like the two people from PRIDE who got fired recently, I don’t know if the president of PRIDE knew about it — but they told me themselves: ‘If you lose by knockout or submission and you don’t tap, you get $12,000.’

“I said, ‘But what if I knock him out?’ and they said ‘You get $10,000.’ Then I understood what was going on. This was my first time fighting in the big show in Japan and I learned sometimes they wanted the other guy to win.”

Jackson took the match on short notice and ended up losing to Sakuraba after getting caught in the joke.

But the comments really call the integrity of many of the bouts fought in Pride into question. If it’s true that Jackson was offered extra money to lose, is it safe to assume that the offer was made to other fighters?

For the full article, check out:

http://www.sherdog.com/news/news.asp?n_id=7870

4 COMMENTS
  • says:

    I’ve said this before this interview came out, look at Gomi’s non-title losses over the last two years. Both of those losses look like someone was taking a dive to me. Same ol’ Pride ( yak. ).

  • says:

    I think its very safe to assume. I don’t think the mma world has even been able to absorb this story yet. These are very serious allegations that lend some credibility to years of rumors that pride did this sort of thing. Having a matched worked or fighters throwing a fight is something that pride has been suspected of doing for a long time. Of course it was mostly keyboard warriors that were doing the suspecting ( I can’t think of one credible website or source that reported any worked fights).

    With pride collapsing I think we could see some more allegations like this. Fighters don’t need to worry about the yakuza or not being able to fight in pride (obviously). And to be honest I am just scared of what we will find out. Will we find out that some classic matches were works? Did coleman really get a soft draw in the 2000 GP because he threw the takada fight? This has been one of the oldest allegations around that most people used to scoff at. But it doesn’t seem that crazy of a statement now.

  • says:

    In a sport where the mental game plays such a big part, things like this could have a big impact. If you don’t want to win a 100% then theres a big chance you won’t. And if you know deep down that you’ll get more money if you loose, it’s a lot easier to give up instead of trying your all to escape that submission/bad position.

    Did it make rampage want to throw the fight? I don’t think so. Did it mess up his head a little? Probably. It’s not totally unthinkable that maybe the pride judges got paid more if a certain fighter won and so on.

  • says:

    Any organization controlled by an outside influence has no integrity.

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