According to a report from French MMA website Riddum, Dana White announced at a fan Q&A session Tuesday in Toronto that he and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson have settled their differences and that “Rampage” recently signed a lengthy contract extension with the UFC.
“Rampage and I are friends again now. I was mad at him because of what he’s done, and he was mad at me because I was mad at him [smile],” said White.
The drama between Jackson and the UFC president has been well publicized. The dustup started when “Rampage” opted out of a very hyped grudge match with Rashad Evans to film “The A-Team” movie. The UFC spent a considerable amount of time and money in building up the bad blood story line by pitting Jackson and Evans against each other as coaches during the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. Traditionally, the two coaches square off shortly after the conclusion of the show’s airing; “Rampage” disrupted this cycle by taking the role as B.A. Baracus. What followed was a war of words that saw White condemn Jackson for choosing acting over fighting and Jackson firing back by announcing his retirement from the sport.
Jackson recently announced that he would fulfill the last fight on his contract by returning to the UFC to take on Rashad Evans and that afterwards he would only compete in combat sports periodically. Apparently, White and Jackson have mended fences and Jackson has found renewed motivation to compete in MMA.
“…we just renewed Rampage’s contract… It’s a 6 fight contract,” revealed White.
If we are to believe this report it certainly makes things a little more interesting for the light heavyweight division. Potential match ups against Lyoto Machida, Randy Couture, Jon Jones or a rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua are extremely intriguing prospects for Jackson. Although “The A-Team” has yet to be released, it seems doubtful that Jackson’s acting ability could outshine his ability as a fighter. Here’s to hoping that Jackson spends his time and focus on a career in the cage as opposed to on the silver screen.