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Dana White Giving Rampage the Silent Treatment After Fight Postponement

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The days of Quinton Jackson being one of the UFC’s most dependable workhorses are over. After his second coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter (which premieres tonight at 10 p.m.), Dana White was going to reward Rampage with a fight against arch-rival Rashad Evans in his hometown of Memphis. But the lure of mainstream stardom was impossible to resist, and that fight has been pushed back to TBA. Now, the logic of hosting UFC 107 in Memphis has been lost, the light-heavyweight title picture becomes a little more complicated, and White, who feels like he deserves more loyalty after standing by Jackson during his mental breakdown last year, is pretty pissed off:

"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."

Earlier in the interview, White had a much softer stance on departing star Roger Huerta:

He wants to go into acting. Gray Maynard might mess that up for him…I’m not gonna knock anybody for something they really wanna do. Listen, some guys just aren’t fighters. If you don’t have it anymore, and it’s not really what you wanna do, it’s not the business to stick around in.

So no hard feelings, I guess. It’s not like the UFC based an entire season of TUF on Huerta’s rivalry with Gray Maynard. Quinton Jackson, on the other hand, is one of the UFC’s franchise stars, and one of the last legitimate challengers to Lyoto Machida‘s light-heavyweight belt. If you think Mauricio Rua is unworthy of a title shot, wait ’til you see who they drag out next if Jackson can’t get his shit together…

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Seoul Brother- September 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm
@KidDinomite: He threw a couple of kicks at that bitch-ass door, dude. Rampage really hates particleboard shit, yo.
KidDinomite- September 16, 2009 at 3:10 pm
Rampage is a one-dimensional fighter who's time is pretty much over. I mean the guy can't throw a kick to save his life and has little to no ground game. All he has is boxing which means nothing to a guy who can kick you in the face from a good range or another guy who can take you to the ground and submit you. It wouldn't matter if he beat Evans either because in the fight for the title, Machida would just pick him apart and win anyway.

Charisma only gets you so far and I think Rampage knows this which is why he's now trying to do movies.
Gamecock- September 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm
I gotta disagree with DW on this one. I think this would be great pub for Rampage and the UFC. And if Rampage can make some decent loot without getting beat up, more power to him.
Komodo- September 16, 2009 at 10:26 am
Seoul Brother- September 16, 2009 at 10:15 am
Rampage may be well known across the globe, but so far he has only "Never Surrender" to his credit? Goddamn, that movie sucked worse than a nearsighted hooker with braces. He's gonna have to keep applying himself to movies and learning. It wouldn't hurt him to take acting lessons as well.

But "The A-Team?" Joe Carnahan is a great fucking director, and the cast looks very strong, but there's no way this movie is gonna last any longer than a few weeks at the multiplex. He may be in a movie with Liam Neeson, but there's no way he's making nearly as much as Liam Neeson.

I hope he's smart enough to realize that he's not going to be physically able to fight forever, and that he'll need to have something to fall back on. There may be money to be made by the UFC with cross-promotion because of "The A-Team," but what Rampage did to fuck up the fight with Rashad Evans was flat out disrespectful to the UFC and to Rashad.
Goog- September 16, 2009 at 10:14 am
I just want to thank Quinton for reinforcing everything I've ever said about him being a self-centered, unnecessary, piece-of-shit criminal asshole *derogatory racial slur*.

Doing this is not shocking. Him NOT doing it would be shocking. I hope he gets run over by the new ridiculously over-pimped version of the movie van. Actually, it'll probably be an Escalade or something. Regardless, I hope it hits him.

And my biggest reason for hating him is that, however brief, he forced me to root for Rashad Evans.
I Know Nothing- September 16, 2009 at 10:12 am
Dana's just upset cause he isn't playing Murdock.
Sheps- September 16, 2009 at 9:48 am
Has Dana ever been positive about anything OUTSIDE of the UFC? I don't think so. I'm pretty sure if he ever went to the movies he'd hate every movie out and tell everyone

"Guys that movie fuckin' sucked, go watch UFC 105 on PPV it will be a ton better than that crap"

The guy really is just a huge prick. For a multimillionaire he sure acts like a fucking child.

Clyde- September 16, 2009 at 9:41 am
So is rampage on over $2,000,000 per fight? Or are these millions of dollars being lost by someone else?
phantom151- September 16, 2009 at 8:38 am
I am a Dana fan ... but he needs to get it together when it comes to some things.... If he had the chance to do a movie you can bet your ass he would no one loves the camara time more then white.
Marv- September 16, 2009 at 8:30 am
Right now, I don't really care either way if Rampage fights Evans this year. Feed him Ortiz, Belfort, Little Nog, or Franklin at the end of the year and see what happens.
Barc- September 16, 2009 at 8:01 am
haha! I agree completely with Gee-yuh-teen. Although I think they're making a stab at pronunciation while forgetting that GEE sounds like JEE, I give 10 points for making me laugh. Props, bro... or chick.
BigBear145- September 16, 2009 at 8:00 am
Again this is why i love Dana White and I love that people still bash him. Hes keeping the sport legit and doesnt deal with these fighters trying to be bigger than they are... Rampage could have done this stupid movie after the rashad fight... And i HATE rashad evens... but now i think rampage was scared to lose to him... So when Rampage yelled I WANT MY BELT BACK!!!! he really meant I WANT MY MOVIE CONTRACT!! AWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
BuckWild- September 16, 2009 at 7:32 am
Im with Jugger on this one ! I have to call bravo Sierra on this one ! You know they have that fight written in a contract already.. I think they are letting him do it and they are acting mad for the hype.. Also , it might help the UFC to get their fighters faces out there more...
Myles Kilometers- September 16, 2009 at 7:19 am
Here's what Mr. T said to Dana White about Rampage...

"Hey Woman Name. Hey Woman Name! Listen here. Since your old man ain't got no heart, maybe you like to see a real man. I bet you stay up late every night dreamin' you had a real man, don't ya? I'll tell you what. Bring your pretty little self over to my apartment tonight, and I'll show you a real man."

I'm undecided if this is tough or gay.
Jugger- September 16, 2009 at 7:17 am
Yeah, Dana is mad now. But when the millions of 18-35 year olds who flooded to see the nostalgic A-Team movie (of which B.A. was the most memorable and beloved character, even more so than Murdock) are suddenly excited to see "B.A. Barackus" a.k.a. Quinton Jackson fight for real on a PPV card... somehow I think Dana will be laughing his way to the bank.

This is a temporary inconvenience that will ultimately generate more interest and revenue for the UFC. It wouldn't surprise me if Dana is just pretending to be mad so that he can endear himself to hard-core fans. You know, people who are saying, "For once, I agree with Dana!"

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but, c'mon....
Viva Hate- September 16, 2009 at 7:04 am
I actually agree with Dana........I will say it again I agree with Dana

I feel so dirty now, I have to go shower away the shame.
nuclearblast- September 16, 2009 at 7:03 am
After seeing Rampage in "Never Surrender" I could say that he wasn't, is not, and will never be an actor.
Soda Popinski- September 16, 2009 at 6:47 am
Ive never said it before and I may never say it again, but for one time, I agree with Dana. Rampage is being ignorant.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- September 16, 2009 at 6:46 am
Mr. T should step in and fight Rashad... just to make things right.