This photo was taken on July 18, 2007 - Los Angeles, CA
Quinton Rampage Jackson is a fighter with an eccentric personality that has carved out his own lane in the history of MMA. He was the first MMA Athlete I photographed and it yielded some of the most emotional portraits I’ve taken of an athlete.
When he walked into the studio that day, he was in rare form. Happy, constantly joking, and once I put him on set, his personality exploded and he gave me a range of emotions and looks that are as relevant today and they were in 2007. I got a glimpse of who Rampage was an a man, an athlete and a father that day and it left an impression on me that made me want to continue working in the sport of MMA.
When I shot this image, were talking about his family life, growing up in the South, coming up as a black fighter in PRIDE, living in Japan, being a father, and the journey to get to the UFC Championship. He took a deep breath, a long pause, looked down, scratched his head and said… Man, I can’t even tell you what I’ve been through but it’s gotten me this far and made me who I am. Rampage Baby!
There is a part of “Trouble Man” by Marvin Gaye and it described what I learned from my conversation with Rampage that day…
I come up hard,
I've had to fight
Take care of my business,
With all my might
I come up hard, I had to win
Then start all over, and win again
I come up hard, but that's okay
'Cause trouble man
Don't get in my way
Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye 1972
This is a Limited Edition Giclée on cotton fiber paper.
Photographer, Eric Williams, signed the artwork in the presence of a Notary Public.
EDITION SIZE IS LIMITED TO ONLY 10 PIECES.
The image Size is 22 x 30
Approximate framed size 27 3/4 x 35 3/4