The back and fourth between UFC President Dana White and former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson continues. Jackson released a statement in September stating that he was retiring in order to pursue his Hollywood ambitions. But White isn’t buying it, saying the 31-year old will be back in the octagon.
“I’m sure we will [see Rampage in the octagon],” White recently said to MMAJunkie.com during last week’s UFC 105 media conference call. “Rampage is under contract with us, and this is where he makes his money.”
Meanwhile, Rampage insists that he is done with fighting during filming of the movie The A-Team.
“I’m hanging it up,” Rampage noted on his blog. “I’m gonna miss all my loyal fans, but hopefully they’ll follow me to my new career and I will gain more loyal fans along the way.”
The bad blood between Rampage and White began in late August, when Rampage accepted the role of B.A. Baracus in the The A-Team movie, which led to the cancellation of his bout with fellow TUF 10 coach Rashad Evans at UFC 107. Since then, the pair have been publicly feuding, leading to Rampage announcing his retirement.
Rampage has since been publicly critical of the UFC, spending much of his time bashing the organization and would-be opponent Evans. While White stated last week that Rampage would likely return to the organization, he also warned Jackson that he was “a bad enemy to have.”
“Something’s about to happen there,” White told Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports at the UFC 105 post-fight press conference. “You know me, we were good friends. When I’m your friend, I’m your best friend on the world. But we’re not friends anymore, and when I’m your enemy, I’m a bad enemy to have.”