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Quinton Jackson Says He’s ‘Done Fighting’; Cites Disrespect by UFC, Injuries, Movie Career


("I want my belt back! And a prominent role in the next Wayans Brothers comedy!" Photo courtesy of Vancouver Sun.)

We’ve witnessed enough of Quinton Jackson‘s bizarre interviews and vehicular freak-outs to know that he’s not the most stable human being on the planet. But we were still shocked by the long blog entry he posted on his website last night, announcing his retirement from MMA; registration is required, so just click here if you’re not already a member. According to Jackson, his career with the UFC has been an endless run of unfortunate obligations, bait-and-switch, and disrespect. Here’s a quick recap:

— He accepted the UFC 71 fight with Chuck Liddell even though he needed another tune-up match to get over with American fans. When the fans booed him after the fight, it hurt him deeply. His subsequent fight against Dan Henderson was announced before he was told about it.

— He should have gotten an immediate rematch with Forrest Griffin because the fight was so close. He instead fought Wanderlei Silva while nursing a jaw injury, which was risky "because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time," then fought Keith Jardine "as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn’t even worth it to me financially)."


— When Rashad Evans lost to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98, Jackson told the UFC that he wanted to challenge Machida for the light-heavyweight belt. Allegedly, Dana White told him he could fight Machida after he coached TUF 10, because "this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing." After Jackson signed the contract, White "changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida."

— Which brings us to The A-Team. We might as well let Rampage explain it himself…

Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me.
 
My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career.
 
I’m not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long. So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so I’m done fighting. I’ve been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don’t pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I’m hanging it up. I’m gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they’ll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don’t like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!

— In the end, Jackson says that the loyalty he had for the UFC wasn’t rewarded with the proper respect. "I wish no bad blood between us," he says, "but I have kids & a family back in Memphis to provide for & thats all that matters to me!"

Well, then. If we’ve learned anything from the stories of Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz, it’s that the wounds of disrespect can be healed as soon as the disgruntled fighter is offered more money, and realizes that the options outside of the Octagon aren’t quite as appealing as they seemed from inside.

That’s not to say that Quinton Jackson can’t enjoy a relatively successful movie career playing Mr. T, and other Mr. T-like roles. But Rampage shouldn’t kid himself — he’s a fighter, not an actor, and the lure of the cage and the arenas full of screaming fans will become too hard to resist at some point. As for Dana White, he’ll blast Jackson in the press for a while, then he’ll be talked off the ledge by Lorenzo Fertitta, and the reconciliations with Jackson will begin again. Rampage clearly made this decision in a heightened emotional state. He may be taking an extended hiatus, but he’ll come back. They always do.

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UFC fan- September 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm
"DAN THE VIKING Says:
Wed, 09/23/2009 - 07:16

lesnarisafag should be banned from posting on this site. He is an obvious racist, bigot, and most importantly NOT a true fan of MMA. For potato to condone these ignorant, and lets be honest, USELESS posts is ridiculous. Wheres your professional integrity?"

Goddamn you whining bleeding pussy mother fucker would please shut the fuck UP?
I swear you are like sonme goddamn 3rd grader acting like you are gonna tell and the teacher is gonna spank some ass cause of you ratting like a bitch. seriously man how goddamn long have you been here? Have you fucking read this website very long? you dumb motherfucker, people act like lesnerisafag or WORSE for years and no one gets banned you goofy asshole.
The Bens have good sense, and in the end it is all fun as fuick to watch people fight and fuss, and act stupid on the net, and it brings up the post count on a website that thrives on it. why do you think cocksmokers like HAL, and 831son, and that pussy bitch TUF gay are allowed to post on here? The only people who get removed are spambots, and idiots who post the word COOL like 200 times daily. You need to wake up, or shut up with your goddamn ignorant "I want so and so banned" BULLSHIT!
You have a brain use it, debate me, debate HIM, rebuff that motherfucker, don't cry like a cunt, and if you don't like what others are saying and you have no comeback then fucking leave dude this ain't the goddamn crossstitchpotato.com.

NOW...as for Rampage, all I can say is that is dumber than hell, but if the man don't want to fight then fuck it we move on! I liked Rampage, I liked his silliness, but if he isn't gonna fight well then fuck it then hes gone, hes done we move on.
Chri534.- September 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm
This reminded me of a scene from The Office...I can't find the actual scene, but here's some guy on the internet reenacting it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yhurem8b1s
Hum Deez Nutz- September 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Who cares. There are many more exciting fighters to watch than some idiot that wears a dog chain and barks.
portland mma- September 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm
Lol Alright Marv

"Actually think about what you're saying before you say it. I'm glad by saying Rampage obviously impressed the casting department, you assume that has something to do with Martin Scorsese."

What? I was being sarcastic in saying he is a bad actor in a movie that is going to be bad, not an actual thespian starring in a good role by a good director (smoking aces was horrible, pride and glory sucked too). Also how exactly did I compare Thorny from supertroopers to Joe Carnahan? You should probably learn how to read and comprehend things before saying stupid shit.
Goog- September 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm
Ha. Flush this turd.

Ice Cube was a real bad-ass street thug gangster, too, till they cast him driving some screaming kids around in an RV.


Don't let that paper door at the TUF facility hit you in the ass...
Seoul Brother- September 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm
@Dmonicdeals: Goddamn, brother - very well said. I never liked Rampage. People never talk the same kind of "playa hatin'" shit even about a 3rd rate fighter (and I'm doing him a compliment by calling him that) like Bobby Southworth. Nobody talks shit about Houston Alexander.

But a ghetto fabulous thug being compared to the guy who played Dee-bo in the "Friday" movies? (all due apologies to Tommy Lister). The better part of Rampage dried up his momma's asscrack. He better pray to God that he can get a casting director to return his calls IF New Jack City 2 gets made.
Dmonicideals- September 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm
I'm happy that Rampage is acting.

Never seeing him fight again would be SOOOOOOOO enjoyable.


Do it Page, go be a "movie star" playing the stereotypical "black thug". That is just what your race needs, a representative who doesn't mind dragging them 50 years backwards. BA Baracus was one of the most stereotypical characters ever.

A-Team is going to be another shitty 80 remake. Yes, it was fun to watch when I was like......6. I mean, shit, the whole premise of the show was that they were Vietnam vets. That would make them all in their 60s now. Are they going to adjust it and say they were in Desert Storm? THAT ought to garner alot of positive press.......... Besides the fact that everthing in that war was done by machines, there wasn't exactly a large conflict during our 3 day drive to Baghdad to teach guys how to be TV superheroes.

But like I was saying, more power to him. He can go be an actor on par with high quality stars like LiLo, Paris, and that one guy from that one movie you can't remember the name of because it was so mediocre. He can chill with the stars, doing all the great things they do: drive down freeways the wrong way, go on coke binges, join fanatical ludicrous religions, be the subject of police chases, get some DUIs, abandon his wife and kids for the 19yo model/actress/waitress..... and so on, and so on, and so on. Go be the actor, that way people aren't associating your insane, idiotic actions with MMA. Actors already have names for shit, you couldn't possibly harm them, but MMA is still struggling for acceptance, and his foolish antics do nothing but bring negative attention to the sport. I would rather have respectful, quality black fighters in the UFC, guys who break the stereotype of your average "gangsta thug", guys who do not pereptuate the image of all black people being ni****s (as in an ignorant fool, look up the actual meaning of the word, it applies to more than just blacks).

So good luck Page. Have fun acting, I hope you make bank and never have to fight again, since there is a only handful of fighters who wouldn't pound you into the ground and embarrass you worse than when you got beat by Forrest, backed out on your bet with him, and then went spastic on Cali highways.
J-Dog- September 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm
I don't see how anyone can seriously think that a top-level pro MMA fighter like Rampage is "afraid" to fight anyone. It's not like you or me or some other office working desk-jockey who is afraid to get in a street brawl with someone who will surely kick your ass bloody... yeah, that's "afraid" of fighting someone. But these guys get punched in the face for a living. I don't think losing a fight is that big of a deal to them. I highly doubt any of them are afraid of any fight, period. It's not like they are going to die.. the ref will stop it once they are KO'ed or in trouble. They are used to pain and getting bloodied up. They may not think they have a good chance against someone, but being "scared" of a fight with someone is a far fetched idea IMHO. Think about it.
rh- September 23, 2009 at 11:51 am
@ Marv...

I don't see this as a major summer action movie. Carnahan is a hack, he's a poor-man's Guy Ritche at best. Smokin' Aces sucked.

KingAtRock- September 23, 2009 at 11:46 am
Rampage has a point about a rematch for his belt. Fighting Jardine and Chuck, thats great and all but now he has to do UFC another favor by doing that dumb TUF circus season and further delay a rematch for his belt.

When Couture retired (however many times) I didn't hear dana blast him about how old he is, washed up, his record is terrible for being known as such a great fighter etc.

But if he thinks going to Hollywood is going to get him away from phonies like Dana White, then he's going to learn the hard way.

Marv- September 23, 2009 at 10:57 am
portland,

Actually think about what you're saying before you say it. I'm glad by saying Rampage obviously impressed the casting department, you assume that has something to do with Martin Scorsese.

I'm also glad you use the word "retarded" to describe directors, yet you yourself choose to compare the works of Jay Chandrasekhar to Joe Carnahan which are completely different genres. Hopefully, by now, you realize this movie isn't set up to be a comedy and it has already been stated the movie isn't following the exact formula of the original A-Team.

Also considering Mr. T was the type of actor whose character became him, why would you expect the director to have Rampage try and act like Mr. T playing BA Baracus. It doesn't make any sense.
Kimbos Bread- September 23, 2009 at 10:55 am
RAMPAGE JACKSON SHOULD MAKE THE SWITCH TO ACTING!!!

It's his life, and his body. He has every right to do what means most to him and his family. Fuck Dana White, fuck Zuffa and it's owners, and fuck anyone who want to see Rampage fight for their own personal entertainment. As a fan I'd hate to see Rampage stop fighting, but I want him to be happy more than I will miss seeing him in the cage.

Besides, the movie industry needs someone like Rampage. It needs to fill the big gap between the styles of Vin Diesel and Sam L Jackson. God know how many movies we've seen where Sam Jackson played a role he surely didn't belong in.
KidDinomite- September 23, 2009 at 10:46 am
The thing the A-Team movie has going for it is that it is being directed by Joe Carnahan who has made some good films. So I don't see it being bad or Michael Bay-ish which would suck balls. The cast also looks solid and I think if Rampage plays his cards right, he could be typecast into playing the 'Tough Black Guy' role for the remainder of his film career, however long that is.... We certaintly won't see him with Scorcese or any such director either.

On the other hand, yes Rampage is a marquee name in the MMA world and he has had championship gold and is very big in the sport. I think he's a fighter, albeit a one-dimensional fighter, but a fighter nonetheless. Honestly, even if he got a shot at Machida which might or might not have happened after the fight with Evans, he would get beat down with Machida not even breaking a sweat. So there would essentially be nowhere for him to go in MMA.

So maybe acting is a good thing or maybe not. All I know is this: I blame Cung Le....
Smitty- September 23, 2009 at 10:43 am
Like I said, hatin. None of us really know what goes on behind the scenes.
DaltonSwayze- September 23, 2009 at 10:38 am
Is it wrong that I want Rampage to fight again just so his legacy will be tarnished?
portland mma- September 23, 2009 at 10:22 am
No i hate him when he's shucking and jiving, wailin, rattlin and rollin, hitting cars, fighting and backing out of contractual obligations...pretty much always.
Smitty- September 23, 2009 at 9:45 am
What about all these athletes, rappers, and rock stars that make the transition to TV and movies. I hope he can pull off the Barry Sanders from MMA, and never have to look back, and do well for himself if that's what he wants. Fuck all the haters. You mu fuckas are lovin him when he's "shuckin and jivin", but when he ain't doin with his life what YOU think he should, yall talk big shit.
The world needs haters, you guys keep up the good work.
Poo Flinger- September 23, 2009 at 9:42 am
I agree with LargeMidget: Rampage is scared of Machida
portland mma- September 23, 2009 at 9:39 am
Wait i wish i wouldn't have said that, this part is hilarious.

"It's not like he feel into the role by chance....he *gasp* actually impressed the casting department."

I think they were like whose a black guy with the persona of Mr. T. You act like its Vinny Chase and he just got the Scorsese movie, its Rampage playing Mr. Fucking T dude and directors are often retarded. I imagine this will be just like the Dukes of Hazard movie, a horrible movie that is poison for the careers of its stars.
portland mma- September 23, 2009 at 9:31 am
heres the thing... thats way too long to read
Marv- September 23, 2009 at 9:24 am
Here's the thing.........

Rampage was on Jimmy Kimmel back in the summer of 2008 and confirmed he auditioned for the part of BA Baracus. This was when he was still the light heavyweight champion.

Where's was the UFC and Dana White during this time? How did they not properly plan for a course of action if he gets cast in the part? This wasn't something that just suddenly came up. This has been in the works for the better part of 15-18 months.

Dana White said.....“‘You’re a fighter; you’re not a movie star.’ It’s so [expletive] funny because fighters want to be movie stars, and movie stars want to act like they’re fighters."

Problem is, Rampage has a lead role in a major summer action movie and he's highly charasmatic. I don't see the UFC putting an actor in the main event of a PPV or even on a Fight Night card for that matter anytime soon.

I would say out of anyone associated (or formerly associated) with the UFC at this point, Rampage has the best chance to cash in as an actor.

And for those people saying him acting is ridiculous. He got a lead role in a major summer movie release that he has auditioned for multiple times. It's not like he feel into the role by chance....he *gasp* actually impressed the casting department.
Marv- September 23, 2009 at 9:24 am
Here's the thing.........

Rampage was on Jimmy Kimmel back in the summer of 2008 and confirmed he auditioned for the part of BA Baracus. This was when he was still the light heavyweight champion.

Where's was the UFC and Dana White during this time? How did they not properly plan for a course of action if he gets cast in the part? This wasn't something that just suddenly came up. This has been in the works for the better part of 15-18 months.

Dana White said.....“‘You’re a fighter; you’re not a movie star.’ It’s so [expletive] funny because fighters want to be movie stars, and movie stars want to act like they’re fighters."

Problem is, Rampage has a lead role in a major summer action movie and he's highly charasmatic. I don't see the UFC putting an actor in the main event or even on a Fight Night card for that matter anytime soon.

I would say out of anyone associated (or formerly associated) with the UFC at this point, Rampage has the best chance to cash in as an actor.

And for those people saying him acting is ridiculous. He got a lead role in a major summer movie release that he has auditioned for multiple times. It's not like he feel into the role by chance....he *gasp* actually impressed the casting department.
DaltonSwayze- September 23, 2009 at 9:12 am
He's also afraid of Rashad, though. I wonder if he saw Greg Jackson game plans destroy all his fighters on TUF, if something happens on the show to make him skittish?

LargeMidget- September 23, 2009 at 8:52 am
You know Rampage, "I'm afraid of Machida" would have sufficed.
Seoul Brother- September 23, 2009 at 8:47 am
All Rampage has going for him is petty theatrics. This is great for a video game, a cheesy movie, or dry humping a reporter, but what kind of ambassador has he been for MMA? If I wanted bullshit melodrama, I'd watch WWE. He may have been a good fighter a while ago, but try and picture him without the chain, the Lugz, and the ghetto fabulousness. It ain't much.

Fuck Rampage, and fuck his father. They can watch "A-Team" and whatever else they can dredge up from the 80s for all I care. He is an embarrassment to MMA. With the considerable acting roles he's had, I'm sure he can look forward to being the next Mistress Cleo.
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