As former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson prepares for his third showdown against former PrideFC foe Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92, he knew that he needed to improve his MMA game in order to finally pull off a win over the Brazilian. To help him prepare for this pivotal 205-pound matchup, Rampage reached out to Rafael Cordeiro, who is one of the best MMA coaches in the world, and is running the Chute Boxe branch in the U.S.. Chute Boxe was the fight team that Silva trained under during the best years of his career. The loyal Cordeiro respectfully declined Jackson’s request.
“I heard something that he wanted to train with me and, when I knew it was his reparation to fight Wanderlei, I didn’t accept. Everybody is professional, but there’s something money can’t buy,” Cordeiro told TATAME.com about training Rampage.
Even though Silva left Chute Boxe for Xtreme Couture over a year ago, loyalty has always run deep among the Brazilians. Although having an American fighter as popular as Rampage training there would have been a great opportunity to grow Chute Boxe in the States, Cordeiro could not be bought.
After the decline, Rampage has now centralized his training at Team Wolfslair, a popular U.K. training camp. UFC fighters such as Michael Bisping, Paul Kelly and Cheick Kongo are a part of the up and coming MMA team.