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…