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Dana White Changes His Tune on Rampage’s Movie Career

The A-Team movie poster Quinton Rampage Jackson

Dana White last September, on the DAM Show:

"I hate it. I hate it so bad, I can’t even tell you how bad I hate it. I’m so mad at Rampage over this. Rampage is a guy that we’ve obviously taken under our wing the last few years. We really like him and have done a lot of good things for him. For him to do this to me, and pull out and do this goofy A-Team movie, I’m not happy about it at all…You’re gonna be a huge bonafide movie star with one role? They’re not paying him jack. Okay? He’s giving up literally millions of dollars to play Mr. T. If you think he’s gonna go in and say ‘I pity the fool’ and he’s gonna become a huge serious actor off that role, give me a friggin’ break…

"I’m mad at Rampage right now. Rampage is somebody that I consider a friend, and he put me in a bad position. I’m not happy about it. He hurt himself, he hurt us. Sometimes, seriously, you gotta save these guys from themselves. What he’s doing makes no sense whatsoever, so we’ll see how this whole thing plays out and what happens, but I’m mad at him, I don’t even want to talk to him right now. Lorenzo’s talking to him, not me."

DW yesterday, in the Miami Herald:

"We were actually going to have this fight in Memphis, [Jackson's] hometown, and he ends up getting this part on The A-Team, goes and does it, but it all worked out…I get guys all the time — because the UFC is getting so big — doing movies, but they’re usually movies that go straight to DVD, and you wouldn’t even want to watch them on DVD, but Rampage made the right decision.

The A-Team is the big summer hit this year, and from what I’m hearing from the guys in Hollywood, Rampage [nailed] it. He did an awesome job. Everything worked out. He and I made up, and the fight is still happening…It’s definitely not a bad thing, but I don’t know how many people will actually be going to see The A-Team movie knowing that Rampage Jackson is a UFC fighter. I don’t know. We’ll have to see how it works out."

DW blasted Rampage’s movie career when it wasn’t clear if Jackson was ever coming back to the Octagon, but he’s clearly fine with one of his employees being in a blockbuster. If a movie can turn a UFC fighter into a mainstream star with his own action figure and WWE hosting gigs, it can only be good for business. Still, if you’re wasting your time doing Hector Echavarria P.O.S.’s, you’re on your own…

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Angry Whopper- May 27, 2010 at 5:59 am
Without actually saying it, DFW has just admitted that he's wrong. Considering that's as close as the world will get to him publicly admitting he was wrong and had *gasp* poor judgment, I'm calling it a positive.

Everybody knows that if A-Team tanks/tanked, and/or the Rampage - Evans fight still didn't happen, DFW would be singing his other favourite song, which we all know is "I fuckin' said this a fucking year ago, that this was the worst fucking career move this fucking guy could make fuck since his fuck fuck in the UFC fuck fuck fuck."
sevvi- May 27, 2010 at 5:00 am
I have no dislike towards Dana.. Ofcourse he was mad at Quinton Jackson. He setup the event in Jacksons hometown like he has been asking for and he bails. And when things are said and done and people cool off and Jackson returns. Ofcourse he wants to bury the hatchet and give Jackson some good publicity. People change their minds all the time in the light of new things. Just that Dana being a bit hot tempered and a public spokesman for the UFC he gets alot of shit. Without him and the Fertitas the MMA scene would have looked completely different. But haters will always hate. It's how it is.
Run Forest Run- May 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm
Dana White is practically a synonym for piece of shit.

No worries, bobz. Fixed it for ya.
El Guapo- May 26, 2010 at 1:39 pm
"Leave Britney alone! WAAAA! Leave her alooooone!!"
ArmFarmer- May 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm
I guess none of the critics in here have ever been mad at someone and forgave them later on, or changed their mind about a situation over the course of months/years.. everyone does it. The people ripping on Dana are just as much of hypocrates as he has ever been because they have all done the same shit.. it's just not on record in the media for journalists to pull up and post right next to eachother. That's the only difference between him and the rest of us on here.. well that, millions of dollars, and hair.
El Guapo- May 26, 2010 at 11:53 am
Paging Semtex, paging Mr Semtex. Your UFC career is back, Mr Semtex.

"I'll never get f'kd up again! Never! Ever! Neva eva eva.... Until tomorrow."
Robocop Didnt Tap- May 26, 2010 at 11:49 am
I want to see a Mr. T/Rampage showdown after the Rashad fight.
just some dong- May 26, 2010 at 11:36 am
Holy shit, Dana's human. News flash! Let's all point at him, judge and criticize. That way we'll all feel better about the fact that we all do this exact same shit in our own tiny and far less meaningful lives.

Here's hypocrisy: A news story on a website that points out Dana's flaws, and then just two articles later, gloats about the fact that Dana enjoys their super-imaginative Photoshop images.

When Dana's on board with your shit, you like him. And that's exactly the way he is with Rampage. We all do this; it's human nature.

Just like fighting.
justscrappin- May 26, 2010 at 10:59 am
I love when you trademark shit. You should be cp's official patent attorney.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 26, 2010 at 10:16 am
Dana's just pissed that they passed him up for Hannibal. He went in wearing a white wig and smoking a cigar and they said his head STILL looked too much like a Beluga Whale Penis (tm).
jimbonics- May 26, 2010 at 9:52 am
^^ What cecil said.
cecils_pupils- May 26, 2010 at 9:42 am
WWDFWD... DFW is just doin' what a good promoter would do and capitalize on the current A-Team advertising. Anything to help pump up the PPV buys Saturday night. Nuff said.
ccman- May 26, 2010 at 9:41 am
@ytrebil; where do live that things are so different? I have lived a lot of places and people are people. Personally everytime I hear how americans are I'm hearing it from an idiot who has never looked at his own people closely.
Dubbayoo- May 26, 2010 at 9:29 am
Man, that Dana White is such a douchebag for making lemonade out of some lemons. I mean just because Dana has made Rampage rich, and Rampage bails on the main event slot in his own town (did he sign a contract?), then starts talking shit about the UFC, what right does he have to have been offended... what an evil boss.

Maybe Dana now thinks Rampage was "right" for doing the A-Team thing because he (Dana) was able to work out a situation that would work out well for all involved. After all, the A-Team and UFC are naturally appealing to the same demographic, Undisputed 2010 is released right before UFC 114, and UFC 114 is the last PPV before the release of the movie. I'm sure this was Rampage's plan all along, and Dana just didn't listen, because he was all butthurt over that whole millions-of-dollars-to-put-up-a-sporting-event thing. I bet you there there will be a Bud Light logo and Arianny in (or out of?) a bikini at some point in the A-Team movie. You'll see. I bet Dana will have to take back all those terrible things he said about Rampage... like that he is "mad at him." Dana, karma's a motherfucker, isn't it?

And now EliteXC will rise from the ashes and join forces with M-1 and XARM...
ytrebil- May 26, 2010 at 9:03 am
The fact Rampage has come back to the UFC and people are still talking about Rampage Vs Evans is exactly why Dana is happy/ier; especially when it says about people knowing about Mr. T being a UFC fighter… more publicity for the UFC.

It’s funny how Dana considers Rampage a friend. Who has friends that drop you when it doesn’t suit them but are willing to be friends again when it suits their own wealthy needs?

And people wonder why Americans get tagged with being fake.
jzen555- May 26, 2010 at 9:01 am
I'm waiting till the day that one of these fighters beats the ever loving shit out of Dana White
imabigfan- May 26, 2010 at 8:42 am
i think they got it right at in the last paragraph. No rampage equals less money for ufc. Rampage plus movie going audience equals more ppv buys equals more money equals happy dana. It's easy to see the root of the issue when you just chase the dollars. UFC has spent considerable dough hyping rampage. They want a return on their investment.

Also agree that Dana is an asset due to his flightiness (flightiousity?). He is the barker. Good or bad, he will be loud and increasingly more and more are listening.
jyveturkey- May 26, 2010 at 8:27 am
ccman- May 26, 2010 at 8:26 am
I actually like that he will be flexable. To many bosses react immediately and then refuse to budge later. Minus this we would have missed bj penn and randy couture. Hypocrite (the critics battle cry) is not quite the right word for dw since he does acknowledge his bad choices/ emotional outbursts. He admits to have been wrong.
bobzemuda- May 26, 2010 at 8:10 am
Dana White is practically a synonym for piece of shit.
caffn8d- May 26, 2010 at 8:04 am
TheHulkSmash: The problem with that is you can manipulate it for gain if you know you are negotiating with someone with those tendencies. Being emotional cuts both ways.
Snitches_get_stitches- May 26, 2010 at 7:55 am
Hyprocracy at it's finest!
Organ Donor- May 26, 2010 at 7:54 am
He brilliantly uses his pissyness to his advantage.
TheHulkSmash- May 26, 2010 at 7:51 am
Being an emotional guy is an incredible tool in a negotiation. It puts the other party in this position where they're afraid that anything they do that you don't like might cause you to back out of the deal, even if you could still make money from it. Dana's willingness to fly off the handle is probably one of his biggest assets as an executive.
Viva Hate- May 26, 2010 at 7:36 am
Dana, throwing a fit insulting someone, only to take the statement back and praise the person? I am shocked, completely shocked.