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Dana White and Rashad Evans React to Rampage’s Retirement

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Well, nobody’s calling for his head yet, but it’s clear that Dana White and Rashad Evans are more than a little disappointed by the latest chapter in the Rampage Done Lost His Mind saga. During an appearance on the Carmichael Dave Show, White claimed that his criticisms of Quinton Jackson‘s acting pursuits were only done with Jackson’s best interests in mind:

"What did I do to Rampage? I talked to him as a friend and tried to talk him out of making a bad decision. He doesn’t think it is, he thinks he’s gonna have a movie career but there’s so many fighters I’ve met over the years who thought they were gonna have movie careers. It’s not like he was going after Machida because he wanted the belt — he didn’t want the belt! He said the belt causes too many problems and he just wanted to fight and make money and feed his family — that’s exactly what he told me. All he’s been telling me since he got into the UFC is that he wants to fight in Memphis in front of his hometown. We make the fight in Memphis and then he pulls out of the fight because he wants to go make this movie because it has so much sentimental value to him.
He’s a fighter, that’s what he does for a living. Now I’m going through all this crap where I got another fighter saying ‘You know what, this isn’t what I wanna do for the rest of my life, I wanna make movies, I wanna be a movie star, this is just a second career for me.’ Like I haven’t seen this one before. Rampage is a grown man. He’s acting like a baby right now but he’s a grown man. He wants to be in the movie business? Rampage, good luck to you man. I hope you make it big — and I’m not being sarcastic because Rampage Jackson is a guy that I do like. But Rampage Jackson is a guy that doesn’t always make the best decisions.”

And once again, as with Chuck Liddell, Dana White is trying to play the role of the Great Father, protecting his big, dumb fighters from themselves. Maybe there’s something admirable in that, though as every child knows, it doesn’t feel good to hear the word "no" when you really, really want something. As for Rampage’s TUF 10 rival coach — hey, episode 2 is on tonight! — Rashad Evans told CageWriter that Jackson should take a breath and reassess the situation with a cool head:

I think that him coming out and saying stuff like that was a bit premature. He’s jumping the gun a little bit. Rampage is a very emotional fighter, a very emotional person, and he just let his emotions take over his rational thinking. I think that him and Dana White just probably need to talk it out, and get past it. I think it’s just a breakdown in communication. Dana’s the kind of guy who is going to say what is on his mind, maybe without thinking it through all the way, before he [says it]. Rampage is a hothead, as well. You get two tempers like that, go at each other like that, it makes the situation hard to work through…
I’d be disappointed not to fight him. It would be a good fight, a fun fight, but mostly because he talked trash. He got me really angry, and I want to fight him just because of that alone. It’s a fight that people want to see. You get your mind wrapped up, and you get your mind so psyched up about fighting a fighter, and then it doesn’t happen, it’s disappointing. That’s why I hate making a fight personal. At the end of the day, we’re professional athletes, and we get paid to do a job. But when you get to fight someone you really want to fight, that’s like a bonus. You’d almost do it for free.

I’d be particularly pissed off if I was Rashad, because the Rampage fight gave him a clear purpose — without Jackson, Evans’s next move is uncertain. Will he be the next light-heavyweight victim of Anderson Silva? Does he take on the winner of Couture vs. Vera? There are options, but none as perfect as a high-profile grudge match to cap off a wild season of TUF, and establish a true pecking order in the light-heavyweight division.

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Perma- September 24, 2009 at 7:55 am
Rampage Ortiz will be back.... Yawnzz
kempo666- September 23, 2009 at 11:32 pm
Would you rather get punched in the face for a living, or be in movies? Page isnt getting any younger (or looking any better in the ring)... and he gets offered a role in a movie that will probably be the blockbuster of the summer (sadly)... Who wouldnt jump at the chance?
Dana White comes across as the boss who, when you give 2 weeks notice to go work at a company that is obviously better work for better pay... with benefits... He tries to talk you down... KNowing damn well he needs you more than you need him.
To compare a remake of the A-team, which will make millions ...with the roles Chuck Liddell was offered...

Dana, you are starting to sound like a desperate ass-hole.

Any one of you fuck-nuggets would do the same damn thing.

In fact, I think Dana himself would bail on the UFC if offered a million dollar role in the remake of Apocalypse Now as Kurtz.
intercept440- September 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm
No ....wait i amend that prediction!! WHEN it happens.... i dont want a CP shirt, i want a case of them.
intercept440- September 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm
the only future Rampage Has at this time in acting, is sucking Vince mcmahon's grey hairy old balls , making money as the reincarnation of The Junk yard Dog.......

mock me if you will ......but im predicting that it happens, get me a fucking CP shirt
reddog- September 23, 2009 at 9:03 pm
First off, rashad started at heavyweight.not lhw. He has only lost to machida. He would be great with silva.

Btw, u guys call country a dumbass, then fail to refute a single thing he says. Tools.
BigCountrysCholesterol- September 23, 2009 at 8:50 pm
I guess keeping petty comments to oneself is a pretty novel idea. Too novel for some of CP's posters. Well, at least you boys keep it interesting.
cloiselle- September 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm
rampage does not need to fight rashad to prove anything,

look at who rampage has fought and ko'd in his career, now look at who rasahd has fought and ko'd in his career. it's hardly a fair comparision. rasahd is a great fighter in his own right but is not reached the same level all of us core fans hold rampage on. he hasn't been in half the battles against half the name opponents .

it's a shame this cant' happen , hopefully in due time it will work itself out. the history of similar situations has shown us the ufc buying power prevails, TITO, RANDY and HUERTA for example.
LAS- September 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm
Facebiter fails to realize that this isn't pro wrestling, and you can't "put a Jones over" if he doesn't win the fight. The guy has been fighting pro for less than two years, and the level of competition he's faced so far isn't close to the same league as Rashad. Not to mention, Jones now trains out of Jackson's camp.
tallkitchenbags- September 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm
he will return to ring when he loses all his money and then get seriously injured. no loss, i'm just sayin'

god's warrior kills babies.
tallkitchenbags- September 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm
'page will fight once again he makes his first and only movie. his bullshit behavior won't be so easily laughed off in less neanderthal-like circles. i hope he loses every cent, of the easy money he hopes to score, in a lawsuit from the woman he injured so badly while attempting to escape the police. god's warrior sucks ass and he needs to brought down low.
DeepHalf- September 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm
Kimbo will talk Page into fighting again, which he never really was quitting anyway.
Seoul Brother- September 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm
If Rampage took acting lessons, and possibly had some talent to begin with, then maybe he might have something to bank on past leaving the UFC like a petulant little bitch.

Mr. T was in the right place at the right time to take advantage of his personality, charm, and limited acting skills. It is possible that Rampage could do better than Mr. T, but I kind of doubt that there will be a "Rampage" cartoon show or breakfast cereal. Nope - Rampage is nothing more than a ghetto buffoon who can fight. I hope he's serious about this, but goddamn - Rampage is dumber than a used diaper. Cung Le and Roger Huerta may not be any brighter or be better actors than Steven Seagal, but at least they didn't act like bitches on their way out.

And what I find hard to accept is that now Rampage starts to bitch about the fights he's been in as opposed to what he apparently wanted to begin with? Now when he's gonna piss and moan on his way out? He may care about the welfare and prosperity of his family, but what exactly has Rampage done to show that he has the business foresight of anything but a melon-headed retard?
831 Son- September 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm
We are not pissed he took the movie deal, we are pissed he is quitting MMA/UFC, douchebag.
ZombieRock- September 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm
If rampage had turned down the role, there'd be people on some movie site calling him a retard. He takes it and people on this site call him a retard. He can't win for losing. I'd say he should fight until he can't anymore and THEN look for movie roles, but A-Team might be his only shot at a semi-starring role in a big-budget flick. Plus he didn't have to grind his way up from those straight to DVD shit fests. Tough call, but his to make. Good luck to him.
cagefighter- September 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm
First of all : Rampage is a faggot

Jones vs Rashad would be interesting but Jones is fighting Hamill in the TUF finale.

Get Thiago Silva a shot to Rashad. Both of them got destructed by Machida. Plus Silva just knock the fuck out of Jardine. Which is a great friend of Evans.

Afterward give the winner a premature tittle shot or let him fight the Spider, or The phenom in a catchweight. Randy could be in the mix as well

* Note : I don't consider Randy as a treat to them but anyone who can get by Couture sould get some well diserved respect.
One Two- September 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm
god Dana White is a fucking douchebag, he creates these situations then makes them worse (calling Page a baby) knowing his lawyers got his back, Rampage needs to finish his contract or the UFC will Coture his ass. Seriously DW can't stray away from the dickside long enough to keep his #2 LHW contender? fucking slimeball.
I Know Nothing- September 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm
"Rampage Jackson is a guy that doesn’t always make the best decisions."


[[{ahem}]]....sorry but that's too funny. Did anybody check Page's person for Bible's & energy drinks? Hide his car keys!
Sheps- September 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm
Firstly, Big country, your fucking retarded.

Secondly, So its real? Rampage is actually quitting? So much for the hoax. Rampage doesn't have a chip on his shoulder so if he feels like he's been talked down to then he most probably has.

Chri534.- September 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm
Let's see how this affects people's interest in this season of TUF...I'm not saying the ratings weren't bound to drop off at some point, but I think this could take away from the interest of fans that were enjoying the trash talking between the coaches.

Ha, just think if Kimbo fights and loses tonight...
Teehee McPeepee- September 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Make your movie Rampage, I'll download a copy of it and probably like it.
Then when you come back to the UFC I'll still be a fan.
jamesbrktt- September 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm
Nice choice face7,that would be an awsome fight although Jones did just start training with Greg and Rashad,not Rampage Russo.Jones needs that fight to catapult him into contention.As for Rampage,where do u go after playing Mr T,or B.A Baracus?I hope ur not expecting to do sequels cause I'm almost positive the movie will flop.Maybe he can lose some weight and play Richard Pryor in his bio pic,I'd love to see Rampage freebase and catch on fire.
DAN THE VIKING- September 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm
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mondooh- September 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Rampage hasn't retired, he just had too much red bull this morning.
KidDinomite- September 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm
Jon Jones and Anderson Silva would be matchup of the year. The UFC should make this happen. Seriously, if you think Silva wins this hands down I think you'd be suprised.

But I think they'll give Rashad to Silva as he's more of a name than Jones at this point. But I definitely see Jones/Silva happening sometime in the future, especially if Jones keeps kicking ass with his style.
Big Daddy Grimm- September 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm
I blame Bisping.

Put it together.
Rampage goes to Wolfslair to train.
Spend time with Bisping.
Quits MMA.

ignoring the flawed logic above, it is outweighed by the fact that EVERYTHING that goes wrong can be somehow blamed on Bisping!