Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson defends his love, respect for professional wrestling

Quinton Jackson arrives at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defended his respect and admiration for professional wrestling during an interview with MMAMania.com.

Jackson, who currently fights for Bellator MMA, talked about his experience working with TNA Wrestling to help promote his fight against Tito Ortiz.

Jackson, an admitted life-long fan of professional wrestling, said that he has legitimate concerns of stepping into the ring himself for a match, but has the utmost respect for the men and women that do step in the ring and put their bodies on the line each and every night.

“People don’t understand how tough it is,” Jackson told MMAMania.com. “It hurts. It hurts hitting the ropes. Getting slammed… All that stuff hurts. It’s like being a live stunt man.”

“You have to keep going,” he continued. “I saw a guy get hurt. I saw it with my own two eyes. The guy got hurt and he still had to keep going. He got hurt for real and then later they put him back stage and took him to the hospital. You have to trust the other guy not to hurt you. I’m second-guessing, what if that s*** happens to me and then I have to go fight?”

“I really respect those guys,” he added. “A lot of people hate on pro wrestling. They say ‘that’s fake.’ It’s not really fake. It’s entertainment. It’s not really fake, but if they want to hate on pro wrestlers and call it fake then they shouldn’t watch any action movies at all. Action movies are the fakest things.”

Jackson would know. He’s been in a handful of them, including “The A-Team” back in 2010.

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