Consider former PRIDE superstar Quinton "Rampage" Jackson the tour guide for his fellow American fighters heading to Japan for February's UFC 144 event.
Jackson, who co-headlines UFC 144, knows the lay of the land, and he could write a travel guide about competing in the fight-crazy country.
But Jackson admits some of his advice doesn't apply to UFC 144 headliner Frankie Edgar.
The two Americans today descended on the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Ballroom in Japan for a pre-event press conference for UFC 144, which takes place Feb. 26 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Jackson (32-9 MMA, 7-3 UFC) meets Ryan Bader (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the co-headliner while Edgar (14-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) looks to make a second straight title defense when he takes on Ben Henderson (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the pay-per-view main event.
Jackson fought 17 times for the once-dominant PRIDE organization, which the UFC ultimately purchased and later disbanded. The organization drew enormous crowds and record TV ratings just as Jackson's popularity soared.
While Japanese fans may be more polite than your average MMA enthusiasts, they like exciting brawls as much as the next guys. Jackson said he'll use that knowledge in his fight, but he said Edgar should use the game plan only with a big disclaimer.