Rampage Blames Himself For Strained Relationship With UFC

If you’ve been paying any attention at all lately to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, you know that he isn’t at all content with his recent treatment by the UFC.

Jackson has been very vocal over the past month about his issues with the promotion, explaining that he feels disrespected and under-appreciated by the UFC. All of this culminated in Rampage asking out of his contract and being granted a farewell fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

With a much cooler head than when he was firing off on Twitter, Jackson recently appeared on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Savage Dog Show to further discuss the situation between himself and the UFC.

To be honest, my manager told me I need to learn to keep my mouth shut. He actually told me that this morning. I can say this … it all boils down to this: The UFC is promoting the UFC. They’re looking out for themselves. I feel like they promote their brand more than they promote the fighters.

I feel them on that because anything that happens to a fighter — and [a fighter] can just be gone, get hurt — and they put all this money into promoting this fighter, then they ain’t got no product no more. I understand that. I just want the UFC to understand that I have to promote my own brand.

I just feel like the UFC knows when I’m injured, but at the same time, when I don’t pull out of a fight and I still fight, I think they should basically more than thank me. In my opinion, I feel like Dana kind of disrespected me a little bit by saying the three words that he did say.

Rampage pointed to the dust-up he caused by backing out of a fight against Rashad Evans to film the A-Team movie as the beginning of his soured relationship with the UFC and takes full credit for his role thereof.

I know I messed up the relationship by doing the movie over fighting Rashad Evans. It was my fault. I’ve got to keep it real. I did that. I messed up. I should have honored my contract and fought Rashad after ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ … Before that Dana and I was really cool. I was really cool with the UFC, Lorenzo [Fertitta] and everybody. We were all cool, but I messed up the relationship by doing the movie and I’m aware of that.

However, ‘Page told host Greg Savage that he’s still sticking to his guns and looking to ply his trade elsewhere after the Shogun rematch. So, what happens if — as many predict — the marquee fighter can’t find any worthy matchups outside of the Zuffa umbrella?

If there ain’t nobody for me to fight, then I won’t fight. I don’t have to fight no more. That’s what the fans don’t understand. I’ve got other stuff going on.

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