PRIDE Tried Bribing Rampage To Lose To Sakuraba?

The following is an excerpt from a video interview with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from MMA Today, transcribed to text by a great MMA blog,

“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. I knew it was going to be tough for me to win that fight, so I went out there and gave it my best anyways to get my $10,000,” Jackson said.

And he's banned in Canada due to racism? That dude can keep a secret….well for a while at least.