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Quinton Jackson Says He’s Leaving the UFC for a Promotion That Appreciates Him, And That Joe Silva Needs to Be Slapped

(We’ll start designing the poster for “Nemesis Fighting: Rampage vs. Jardine 2.”)

After some frustrated tweeting over the last week, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson took his anti-UFC campaign to Inside MMA, telling Bas Rutten that he wants to part ways with the promotion due to the way he’s been treated. Plus, Joe Silva needs to get slapped in his smart little mouth. You can listen to the full interview at the end of this post. Here are some highlights…

On the fans and his soon-to-be-ex-employers: “I don’t want to fight for the UFC no more. I think the fans don’t understand. They think that just because I make a lot of money, I should be happy because I’ve got a nice house. I’ve always stated that I fight for money because it’s my career, but I think a lot of fans are sheep, and they don’t understand…I wish I didn’t have one more fight for [the UFC]. I’m trying to get out of this one fight…In my opinion, I think they’re trying to make me lose my fanbase. Because they don’t want me to be bigger than the UFC, because the movie I did was bigger than the UFC…I don’t want to be part of the UFC. If Dana doesn’t want me to be bigger than the UFC, then let me go.”

On disrespect: “After my fight with Jon Jones they told my manager that I was losing my appeal — that rappers don’t come and watch me fight no more, that the fans really don’t like me no more. Cause it was getting close to time for me to renegotiate and PRIDE did the same thing to me. To me my respect is more than money so I’ll go fight for some other show for free and I’ll prove it to fans that I’m not all about money.”

On matchmaking: ”I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face. I’m sorry, but if you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out and put on exciting fights why are you gonna keep giving me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?”

On how green the grass looks on the other side of the street: ”I’m gonna go to an organization that gives me a little clout…anywhere, as long as I’ve got a little clout and I can control it a little bit and the guys appreciate me for putting on a good show. Just say thank you at the end of the show. I don’t care if I make $500 again.”

But seriously, he should be getting paid more: ”The UFC talks about being in a billion homes. They’re making all this money. Yet I’m making less money than I used to make with the UFC. The UFC is getting bigger, which means I’m getting bigger, but I’m making less money. Why? So I just don’t want to be with them no more. Slavery is done. If anybody thinks that I can’t make my own career choices and stuff like that, then you’re a bigot. I can do whatever the hell I want to do. I’m a grown man. I don’t want to have to fight for somebody no more if they’re not really appreciating me.”

On British journalists and our country’s impossibly complicated health-care system: “I did an interview with this one guy, and he recorded it. I thought he was going to put it up just like you’re doing. But no, he took some of it and typed it, and the guy who typed it was a British guy. He didn’t understand my English. He didn’t understand my accent. He just typed some stuff that he thought I said, which is wrong. I think they tried to say that I had like a UFC doctor give it to me or something like that, which is wrong. I had my personal doctor. He gets paid by the UFC. He’s my personal doctor, but I don’t have to pay him. ‘He just sends the bill’ to UFC basically is what I said. So that’s why I said the UFC knew I was hurt. I don’t know if the UFC knew what I was doing. But the UFC paid (for) me to see him. He sent me to another doctor. The doctor that he sent me to, I pay him. The UFC doesn’t pay the doctor who did the TRT. I pay that TRT. But the doctor who takes care of me, the UFC pays him.”

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J-Dog- March 14, 2012 at 8:51 am
"The UFC is getting bigger, which means I’m getting bigger, but I’m making less money. Why?" Because you are a whiny, washed up has-been. You are NOT a major draw anymore and your fights suck. I really hope Shogun knocks him the fuck out rare highlight-reel fashion. And they should put the fight on the under card just to put this asshole in his place and fuck with his head.
BelieveInThePowerOfOne- March 14, 2012 at 1:15 am
RAMPAGE VS RUA!!!!!!! AS RAMPAGE'S FINAL FIGHT MY MOTHER NINJAS!!!!!/rampage-jackson-will-face-shogun-on-his-way-out-of-the-ufc
cecils_pupils- March 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm
Oh, oh... and Rampage.... YO BREF STANK!!
dranokills- March 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm
I use to like Rampage when he was funny.
He just seems like a damn old man now.........go the fuck away Rampage, stop talking...start walking.
ArmFarmer- March 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm
Yeah he's delusional. It's like he has no idea he's on the downslide of his career. He thinks he's getting bigger than ufc? Nobody gets excited for Rampage fights anymore. Jardine, Rashad, Machida, Jones, Bader... most of those fights were boring, none of them were great, and he didn't have any good performances. Combine that with the many times he's acted like an ass in public and on camera, and value is not what you get. You get washed up.
ArmFarmer- March 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm
When I read the title and saw "joe silva needs to be slapped", I immediately thought "must be bitter joe silva can't find anyone he can beat anymore". Rampage has shown his true colors time and time again, good riddance. If you don't want to fight guys that are better wrestlers and strikers than you, then the ufc 205lb division is probably not the place for you anyway. Also, the machida decision was a gift. Bye.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- March 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Summoner10- March 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm
The only reason he didn't go to jail after his "rampage" in a monster truck was because of the UFC's legal help and clout. What a tool. And yeh he probably does make less money now then he used to say when he was the champ, and that's because he isn't worth nearly as much as he was 2-3 years ago.

And if he thinks he is going to still be any sort of a star outside of the UFC he is a f*cking moron. Its being in the UFC and beating Chuck in 07 that made him a star in the states.
intercept440- March 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm
no wonder his kids constantly talk shit about him in japanese....even they know he is fucking retarded
just some dong- March 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Great reference, jjrdias. I wonder if Dana will be more forgiving than the king down the road.
just some dong- March 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm
What kind of show is this? They're BOTH on the phone?
Morningwood- March 13, 2012 at 11:13 am
he lost his fan base a while ago with his stupid ass videos of picking on people. This is a cry for cans that he can 1 punch ko. Who wants to see that for 55 bucks? He's over, and he needs to get over himself. He should be done with the UFC but not for the reasons he states. He should be done because he's a 1 trick pony and the pony is tired, boring, and a cry baby. But, in his opinion I'm sure I'm just a bigot. Go away page the UFC pay per views will be better without you.
veertype- March 13, 2012 at 10:59 am
Rampage lost his fan base long ago. He didn't need the UFC for that. Running over pregnant women while being chased by the police tends to make people feel you are worth following.
El Guapo- March 13, 2012 at 10:59 am
Dang, mang, I really wanted to see Rampage-Shogun 2, too. That would;ve been WAR!
SquidInk- March 13, 2012 at 10:51 am
'Page, congrats on pissing all over what might have been left of any legacy you may have had.
The12ozCurls- March 13, 2012 at 9:45 am
^^^@ CECILS_P -- That really is not a half bad idea -- Rampage vs Tito -- the very first "WINNER AND LOSER LEAVE TOWN MATCH"
cecils_pupils- March 13, 2012 at 9:35 am
As usual, Rampage is pouting and throwing a tantrum 'cuz he lost. Tired of getting your leg humped? Learn to fuckin' fight off your back douchetard. For his last fight, Joe should match him up with Tito. Nuff Said.
maazhii- March 13, 2012 at 9:17 am
Now he knows how that reporter felt being "humped"
veertype- March 13, 2012 at 9:13 am
Even Tito Ortiz has to be shaking his head and laughing while listening to these excuses.

Ever notice how during all of Rampage's camps we hear how he has completely changed things up and is training in all new ways.

It's always, this time we are doing things different we are:

jogging and swimming
hitting focus mitts
kicking focus mitts
hitting and kicking focus mitts with the heater on
hitting and kicking focus mitts with a new coach
swimming underwater
jogging with more than one person
and the latest one wrestling with real wrestlers
Me likey- March 13, 2012 at 9:07 am
"slavery is over" i didn't know that slaves got payed 500k. wow, they made that whole slavery thing sound a lot worse than it was.
intercept440- March 13, 2012 at 8:55 am
I truly thank all my cp brethern to allow me to be the first one to say "NIGGA PLEASE!" Quentin your peasized brain doesnt quite grasp the fact that this is mixed martial arts. not boxing..and how many times has he taken the fight to the ground for some humping action..quite often.. shut yer fuckin pie hole, and just take the money dickwad. if you got only one more fight on your contract then shut the fuck up and keep silent.. never burn a bridge. i think the UFC has Treated you VERY WELL considering dana white got your ass out of jail for your (what would have been for anyone not a celebrity, would have been attempted vehicluar homicide ) when you went on a "RAMPAGE" a few years back. what a fuckin maroon
rampage01- March 13, 2012 at 8:55 am
good luck paying ur crib, ramapage. XD
Kimbo Lesnar- March 13, 2012 at 8:53 am
Funny how so many fighters feel disrespected by the UFC and yet it is never the UFCs fault.
beef_kurtains- March 13, 2012 at 8:49 am
Isn't rampage a wrestler? Why does he have such a hard time with wrestlers? Or strikers, or BJJ guys for that matter?

Shut it down, this thing is going off the rails.
Sho Nuff- March 13, 2012 at 8:40 am
He was never that great a fighter. His biggest highlight win, the slam KO, is even a fraud, the KO came from the headbutt caused by the slam. All you need to see is his coaching stints on TUF, the guy is the biggest narcissist I've ever seen. The problem is that this fight game doesn't feed it enough, rappers, athletes, actors have the money and fame to feed their raging narcissism, Page is realizing he's never quite going to get there.