With Rampage reportedly moving on from trainer and manager Juanito Ibarra, there was an obvious void left to fill in Jackson’s professional life. According to Fighters Only Magazine, it appears that void has been filled by the UK’s Wolfslair, home of UFC middleweight Michael Bisping.
Wolfslair owner Anthony McGann confirms the news.
“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,” said McGann.
He said Jackson’s former coach, Juanito Ibarra, “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”.
With rumors floating around of Rampage’s split with Juanito being caused by financial issues, which was further fueled by comments Quinton made himself, I’m not so sure the split was amicable. Regardless, Quinton and Juanito are obviously going their separate ways.
Rampage shared his thoughts on his new home away from home.
Jackson said he chose to join the Wolfslair “because those guys got it together. Michael Bisping took to me like a brother from the first time I met him. He and Anthony were very hospitable towards me when I first came to the UK.
“I feel like Wolfslair can make me go farther than I have been; 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.”
“What better team to join than one called Wolfslair? I’m a werewolf. It was my destiny. People don’t understand destiny but I do. Wolfslair is the most perfect team for me.”
While it certainly seems like a good fit for Quinton’s personality, is it going to make him a better fighter? Sure, Wolfslair has Bisping and Kelly, but will he get the level of training partners and coaches he needs to improve? It doesn’t seem like it, but for a man who has struggled finding the right camp to train with, perhaps finding the place where he feels the most comfortable is what’s most important.