Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Weeks after being rumored to have split from trainer Juanito Ibarra, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has officially joined up with the Wolfslair Fight Team, signing a three-year deal with the group according to Fighters Only Magazine.
According to Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann, Jackson ended up joining the overseas fight club after discussing the possibility with good friend and training partner Michael Bisping. Ibarra, Jackson’s former trainer, has apparently resigned from his prior position effective immediately.
“Wolfslair management has been advising Quinton over the past couple of weeks and he has decided to join the team with Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly,” McGann said in the article. “Juanito has resigned as Quinton’s manager and will now be concentrating on his other up-and-coming prospects. The split was amicable and they have parted on good terms.”
According to Jackson, he expects that his new gym and management team will be able to push him to new heights.
“I feel like Wolfslair can make me go farther than I have been,” Jackson said. “I’m really excited about being able to travel there to train. The guys on the team, they like to laugh and joke around but they train hard and that’s me, that’s what I like to do.”
Is the move really the right thing for Jackson though? The whole management thing is iffy to begin with - just about all of Wolfslair’s clients are fighters of English decent and are easily marketable in their native country. On top of that, Jackson’s training partners aren’t exactly top notch. No disrespect to Bisping and company, but overall, the team is a step down from Jackson’s ability to train with those under Ibarra as well as those affiliated with Team Punishment as well.
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