Season Ten of The Ultimate Fighter premieres tonight on SpikeTV, and the season is already the most anticipated yet. Part of the reason is the bad blood between this season’s coaches, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans. The rivalry was supposed to come to a head at UFC 107 in Rampage’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee this December, however those plans were thrown out the window after Rampage accepted the role of B.A. Baracus in the upcoming A-Team movie, a role immortalized by Mr. T. UFC President Dana White recently vented his frustrations at Rampage for dropping out of the fight on The DAM Morning Show, and made it clear that he wasn’t happy with the former light heavyweight champion.
“I hate it,” White bluntly admitted. “I hate it so bad, I can’t even tell you how bad I hate it. I’m so mad at Rampage over this. Rampage is a guy that we’ve obviously taken under our wing the last few years. We really like him and have done a lot of good things for him. For him to do this to me, and pull out and do this goofy A-Team movie, I’m not happy about it at all.
“You’re gonna be a huge bonafide movie star with one role? They’re not paying him jack. Okay? He’s giving up literally millions of dollars to play Mr. T. If you think he’s gonna go in and say ‘I pity the fool’ and he’s gonna become a huge serious actor off that role, give me a friggin’ break!”
White went on to admit that he felt hurt by Rampage, and is currently not speaking to him.
“I’m mad at Rampage right now,” he stated. “Rampage is somebody that I consider a friend, and he put me in a bad position. I’m not happy about it. He hurt himself, he hurt us. Sometimes, seriously, you gotta save these guys from themselves. What he’s doing makes no sense whatsoever, so we’ll see how this whole thing plays out and what happens, but I’m mad at him, I don’t even want to talk to him right now. Lorenzo’s talking to him, not me.”
White officially announced earlier this month that the light heavyweight championship bout between champion BJ Penn and top contender Diego Sanchez will be replace the Jackson – Evans fight as the main event of UFC 107. Meanwhile, fans will probably have to wait until next year before they can see Rampage and Evans finally clash.
You can listen to the full interview with White below: