Okay, let’s not get back to that terrible ‘gate’ trend. Last week CagePotato’s new female reporter Heather Nichols was unwillingly dry humped by Quinton Jackson in her debut video. Now the video has picked up some serious steam amongst mainstream sites and Sports Illustrated even did an interview with Nichols to see what she thought of the whole thing:
Jimmy Traina: What did you think when Rampage started, um, getting frisky? Did you think it was funny or did you take offense?
Nichols: At first I was just shocked when he grabbed me, and all I could think was, “Oh my gosh, what is he doing?!” Then I tried to play along a little bit because I knew he was trying to be funny, but after about the first 5-10 seconds, it was just plain awkward. I kept thinking, “What should I do? Knee him? Keep going?” So I decided to keep asking questions, assuming he would stop if I did that. So I asked another question, and he kept going. I asked ANOTHER question, and he kept going. At this point I was just freaking out, but still trying to be a professional and ask all the questions I was assigned to ask, and this has been interpreted by some viewers as me liking it and egging him on. This was definitely not the case. I was hired to do a job, which was to interview Rampage, so I decided to put up with his shenanigans and finish the interview.
Everyone who’s familiar with Rampage knows that is how he rolls (on a good day), but a friend of mine who’s not really into the MMA thing was kinda amazed that shit like this still goes down without any action taken. At that point I start to understand why certain mainstream outlets don’t cover our sport and why many advertisers don’t want to be involved: because it’s a big bag of controversy, from el presidente calling people fags to former champions molesting interviewers and beyond.
Now on one hand I can see how this kinda stuff is bad. But on the other hand, I look at the NHL where a dude can’t even talk about the sloppiness of an ex-girlfriend’s vagina without getting suspended and I think that ain’t the road we want to go down either.