Report: PRIDE Offered Jackson Money to Lose to Sakuraba

In a recent interview with MMA Today, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson shed light on monetary negoitations that took place before his debut fight in PRIDE against Kazushi Sakuraba in 2001. Jackson is claiming that PRIDE officials offered him a $2000 bonus if he would allow Sakuraba to knock him out or submit him without Jackson tapping.

“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.


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