On today’s edition of Fight Network Radio, Mauro Ranallo had Terry Trebilcock on to discuss recent acquisitions by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson that he had been offered a $2,000 bonus to lose to Kazushi Sakuraba during a 2001 bout in Pride.
Terry is the owner of the King of the Cage promotion here in the U.S. and was the one who brokered the deal between Rampage and Pride. Rampage was actually under contract to KOTC and the match in Pride was booked outside of his deal with Trebilcock.
Mauro was Pride’s play-by-play announcer for several years and has a strong knowledge of how the company did business. He said there was a six-month period in Pride where fighters were offered bonuses if they lost via ref stoppage from strikes or a submission. The idea behind the bonus wasn’t to get fighters to take dives, but to entice them not to quit in order to make the fights more dramatic. The clause never served its intended purpose and that was it.
Mauro asked Trebilcock if maybe Rampage misunderstood the situation. Trebilcock said no, and that Rampage and a representative he sent over with Rampage on his behalf both told him what had happened and that there was no miscommunication. Trebilcock said it was former Pride executives Hideki Yamamoto and Yukino Kanda who were behind the offer and that Sakikabara had no knowledge. Mauro was a little surprised because he said from his vantage point, all contractual details went through Sakikabara.
Mauro then asked Trebilcock about another fighter he represented that fought in Pride, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett. Trebilcock said he was in Japan several times with Bennett and that no offer like the one Jackson described was ever made.
So, basically there’s now a pretty credible source backing Jackson’s claim. Now that Pride as we used to all know it no longer exists, I wonder if we will hear more accusations like the one Rampage has made?