Not too long ago, Quinton Rampage Jackson and UFC president Dana White were friends. Today, their relationship is more rocky than ever, however Rampage states the discomfort is only temporary.
“It’s kind of unfortunate that they are trying to blame me for doing this movie like I turned my back on them after ‘all they’ve done for me’ when I feel like I have done a lot of things for them as well,” Jackson recently told Fighter Only. “There has been plenty of movies that I was supposed to do but I couldn’t do it because The Ultimate Fighter show came up, and I hate doing The Ultimate Fighter show, but I did it for them.”
Rampage was thrown in the UFC doghouse after he “retired” from MMA to play B.A. Baracus in the movie remake of “The A-Team” last September. Not only was the role the opportunity of a lifetime, but the popular 1980’s show helped forge a bond between Rampage and his father during his adolescent years, one of the few times he recalls his entire family being happy and together. Although the UFC willingly took Rampage back after filming wrapped on “The A-Team” and have since assigned him his next payday, the controversial slugger has had enough and wants out … ASAP!
“They’ve said some things and done some things that I don’t agree with. That’s not the way I do business,” Rampage said. “I am a loyal person, people take care of me and I take care of them. So I am done with the UFC, they can’t ask any more favors from me, nothing. I just want to finish my contract and get out of there, do my own thing.”
In December 2006, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the WEC and UFC, acquired Rampage’s multi-fight contract when they bought-out select assets from the World Fighting Alliance, Jackson’s previous employer. Since that time, no official information has been released regarding his UFC deal, including how many fights are remaining. This could be a ploy by Rampage to build up fan support and carry more weight when it’s time to re-negotiate, however the UFC always holds all the cards when it comes to contract talks.
Now that Jackson and Rashad Evans have both confirmed their wildly-hyped UFC 114 showdown, Octagon fans can rest easy knowing they’ll finally be treated to the fight they’ve been asking for. Unfortunately for Jackson, it’s a scrap that wasn’t supposed to go down. Apparently, UFC president Dana White’s pants are on fire because Rampage claims that his on-again-off-again homie lied to him about getting the next shot at Lyoto Machida’s title after he did White and Co. a favor by co-starring opposite Evans in “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” reality show last season.
“Honestly, Dana lied to me. He said I didn’t have to fight Rashad. I could fight Machida after the show,” Rampage told FightersOnly. “After [TUF 10] he told me I’m going to have to fight Rashad, so all the fans were saying ‘oh he’s ducking Machida’ – and I didn’t say anything, because I was doing [the UFC] a favor!
“I was being loyal to them,” he continued. “I was being a team player. As soon as I want to do one thing for myself, I am the bad guy.”
UFC 114 is expected to take place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.