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By the Way, ‘Rampage’ Turned Down ‘TUF 17′ Coaching Gig and Chael Sonnen Fight Before Jon Jones Accepted It

(Whenever Rampage grabs his nuts in public, there will always be at least one man in the background, staring at his ass with an intense mixture of sadness and longing.)

Not that he ever had real evidence of the UFC trying to sabotage him as he’s implied many times — in between saying that the organization and Dana White saved his life, of course — but it is now official that the UFC does just about all it can to promote and give Quinton “Rampage” Jackson opportunities.

Jackson has publicly maintained that he wants to fight just one more time for the UFC because he hasn’t received enough respect from them or gotten match-ups that he likes. Even as he apparently readies to leave the organization he was light heavyweight champion of, it turns out that the UFC offered Jackson a role as team coach on TUF 17, opposite of Chael Sonnen, before they offered current champ Jon Jones the job, which he accepted. Jackson, of course, turned down the chance to coach TUF for a second time and to fight Sonnen at the end of the season.

“Forget TUF,” Jackson told yesterday. “I’m not interested in that.”

What, exactly, is Jackson interested in these days? Evidently not money, big fights or increased exposure? Oh yeah, Jackson has continually said that he wants “exciting” fighters.

“I don’t want to fight Chael. He’s the kind of fighter that I don’t want to fight. He’s a boring fighter that just wants to hump people.”

Leaving aside the irony of Quinton criticizing somebody for humping people, you’d imagine that he’d be interested in building a rivalry with one of the UFC’s largest PPV draws and make money for himself in the process. If he turned down potentially millions of dollars to fight Chael Sonnen, it kind of makes Quinton’s recent claims on InsideMMA that “if I see Chael Sonnen, if he says anything to my face, I don’t know if I’m gonna smack him or not,” ring hollow.

I’m not sure the last time we saw Sonnen in a boring fight but Jackson apparently thinks that his own recent opponents were “boring” fighters just looking to score takedowns en route to decision wins. Guys like Ryan Bader — who has won 64% of all of his fights by either submission or KO — and Jon Jones (82% including his finish of Jackson). Jackson, in comparison, has a 66% figure in that category.

But, oh yeah, Quinton totally offered to fight Glover Teixeira and Forrest Griffin in a single night. “I would have done it two for one,” he said. “I would have fought Glover first, and I would have fought Forrest for free, basically,” he told MMA Fighting.

That’s great, because Glover is injured and Forrest already has a fight. Also, there isn’t an athletic commission that would ever sanction that. Still, we’re supposed to give Jackson credit for that supposed offer.

Quinton Jackson is a hall of fame-worthy fighter who has entertained millions of fans over the years, in addition to being very accessible to them. If he wants to retire, he’s more than earned the right. But if he wants to hang around, complaining about opportunity after opportunity to make money and fight the best in the world, he can’t really expect anyone’s sympathy.

- Elias Cepeda

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samclark- October 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm
Rampage is the new Tito. Verbal claims of greatness with losses in the ring.
mma4ever- October 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm
What he needs is tanks tuppee
Casa de los pantelones- October 27, 2012 at 8:50 am
Rampages mentality is more like that of delusional. He's no Chris Lytle...that dude literally would stand and bang, loved watching him. From what I have seen of Glover, rampage would get demolished. Rampage doesn't want to challenge himself and fight better competition, he wants to fight people who aren't well rounded...easy wins. So he can kick rocks...pound sand...make like a tree and leave...adios homey.
deepfriedpro- October 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm
If you look at some of his recent videos on youtube, it looks like he's just over the UFC and his recent comments reflect that. I think he just has the old school "Pride" mentality and doesn't like the way the sport has evolved. He's not into game plans and strategy but rather the stand and bang... give it to the fans approach. I would have loved to see chael vs rampage though.... lol
smellypiratehooker- October 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Ageed. Only, I would add that the pummeling would consist of him being a flesh blanket for 3 rounds, grinding out a decision, equated to flys fucking on a television set playing a Kalib Starnes fight.
Nippletwist- October 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm
all chael wants to do is hump people! lol! so true quinton is the man.
godspeed- October 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm
These dudes need to learn when to retire.
SquidInk- October 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm
I am so sick of this washed-up clown. Can he be done already? I'd love for him to take the Teixeria fight so I could watch Glover completely destroy him. This guy's bullshit act has worn so thin.
teep- October 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm
And I don't want to see or smell him coach (again) with his stinky ass breff.
teep- October 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm
Wait, Chael likes to hump people? I am really confused now.
Gobbleston- October 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm
@amsterdamheavy Is that a riddle? A joke? A trivia question? I'm trying to think up some clever reply, but my Friday lethargy has the best of me.
amsterdamheavy- October 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm
What do you call a lying, black, washed up former MMA champion? know the answer.
BaghdadBob- October 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Even Rampage, in his deluded mind, recognizes that fighting Chael would just be too ridiculous. Too bad Dana's not as smart.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm
El Guapo- October 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm
Everybody and their mother would be smart to take Rampage down and wrestlehump(where you at Rex?)him for an easy decision win. Why he thinks otherwise is straight iggnent, playa.
Sloth48- October 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm
1 I thought I read somewhere that rampage was staying now nd 2 it would be the third time rampage coached (7, 10, 17)
Gobbleston- October 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm
He is absolutely right to turn that down. He would get verbally destroyed by Chael on the show, and then held down and pummeled death in the ring. That would have been a horrible idea to coach on TUF.