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“Rampage” Jackson Cries Editing Foul, Says Coaching Is Stupid Anyway

("What the hell he need the stool for?")

By now, anyone watching this season of “The Ultimate Fighter” has been forced to confront two questions: ‘Is “Rampage” Jackson the worst coach in the history of the show?’ and ‘Doesn’t that bother him?’  The former light heavyweight champ has been pretty mum about the show’s portrayal of him so far.  Instead he’s been busy feuding with Dana White and retiring from fighting in order to focus on his acting career, so it makes sense that he might not be sitting down with Tiki Ghosn and a bowl of popcorn every Wednesday to see how the show has turned out. 

But after last night’s episode again showed a disinterested ‘Page who can’t even be bothered to check on his unconscious fighter after the team’s fifth straight loss, Jackson took to his blog to issue a response:

“I just wanted to blog about the T.U.F. show so people can get an understanding of where I’m coming from. They edited the show to make me look like I didn’t care about my team, but as you can clearly see I was coaching against a T.U.F. show champion (Rashad) and he came from the Ultimate Fighter so he knows how to play the camera and be fake…

Rashad acts so fake and cocky and he wants to act like he cares more about my fighter than I do and brag about how he’s a better coach than I am. But I tried to explain to him that I’m not a coach and I won’t be coaching after my fighting career, like he might. So as the fights go on and I end up losing a couple fights in a row, I grew more pissed and I let it get to me. So, the whole time Rashad was being a dick and cocky, I just talked to them back in the locker room, in private. Rashad thought the show was about him, about how good of a coach he could be and how fake he could be. But I knew what it was all about. … The show is called the Ultimate Fighter, not the Ultimate Coach.”

Jackson then goes on to bash Evans’ performance against Lyoto Machida some more, adding that he was happy with his team selection because they all got along really well.  Evans’ team may be winning, he says, but “Rashad and his team didn’t even like each other.”

Basically, this is the old editing defense that we’ve seen time and time again from reality TV show participants.  Jackson doesn’t like how he was portrayed, and by portrayed he mostly means filmed.  TV producers can play some tricks with editing, but if this whole season were all an extended hatchet job on Jackson, we probably wouldn’t hear so many of the show’s other participants corroborating the version of events that we see on TV each week.

Face it, Rampage is a bad coach, in part because he doesn’t really care about being a good coach.  He more or less says this himself, right before he insists that he really did do some coaching, but it was conveniently away from the view of the cameras.  No one ever accused Jackson of using a coherent internal logic to guide his arguments, after all.

But beyond Jackson’s issues as a coach, we’re a little worried about his insistence that Rashad comes off better on the show because he “knows how to play the camera and be fake.”  Rampage is the one who thinks he has a future as a movie actor.  If he doesn’t know how to pretend to be something he isn’t, that’s going to severely limit the roles he can play.  As Daniel Day-Lewis once said, “Dude, acting is really nothing more than playing to the camera and being fake.”  Better hope there are a lot of scripts out there with Rampage-like characters in them. 

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UFC fan- October 16, 2009 at 3:40 pm
The fact that you are dumbass (armfarmer) doesn't excuse the fact you are wrong, as is most everyone who is whining like bitches about Rampage not being a good coach.
The fact is he is right, he isn't a coach, he doesn't plan to be one ever, and the show isn't about coaching , what it really boils down to is this, Rashad is training the person or persons who in the future will be whipping his ass, or trying to use his fame as THEIR stepping stone. It isn't like Rashad and Rampage are coaching little pussyweights like Blowjob Penn they are helping the very same weight class as the ones they will compete in, in the future, and if Rampage doesn't EVER come back to fighting then who gives a flying fuck how he coached on this show? He could beat ANY of those guys on this season including Rashad, and whomever wins this season, and that is a fact. Sadly we most likely wont get to see him knock rashad's lights out.
And for pussys like savageleto to cry about rampage not respecting his team or being nice to them when they lose.........go wipe your pussy, it's bleeding! You are watching the wrong sport for all this self promoting love-fest, these guys are fighters NOT pussies stop trying to treat them like one...LIKE YOU.
Savageleto- October 16, 2009 at 1:24 am
I never really liked Rampage to begin with, sure he has had his moments that have made me chuckle...

But honestly hes just a "cool kid" who is just a simple bully.

Yeah he's not a coach what ever that fucking term means to his simpleton brain... he is in the "role" of one, and this sorry sack can't even show the slightest care as to the welfare of his fighters, because losing hurts, and he is going to throw a temper tantrum in the cage if he gets in it..... boo-fuckin-hoo -- so yeah Rampage keep doing less of what you barely did before so your team loses harder...

It honestly would not surprise me when the season ends and his side has zero victories at all... actually if they get one I will be sorta shocked.

This season so far, and in light of his "Retirement" has officially erased any respect I had for the guy.

Rashad would tear that ass up... Just like Hendo tore up his training partner Bisping...

Douchey McDoucherton- October 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm
I'd rather listen to Rampage's "Get Up!.......Get Up!" over listening to Frank Mir having an orgasm in the background of every fight.
ArmFarmer- October 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm
I never had a problem with Rashad.. I think Matt Hughes is the reason everyone hates Rashad because he called him out and made a big deal out of his show boating on season 2 which if you ask me wasn't even an issue. I think it's just his head movement that people interpret as showboating.. and the nut grab against forrest.. I just see that as gamesmanship. That's just him saying bring it on.. which I will take any day to a fighter that takes some punishment and then looks for a way out or kalib starnes it the rest of the match.
831 Son- October 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Rashad is still a little faggot though.
ArmFarmer- October 15, 2009 at 11:29 am
How anyone can stick up for Rampage at this point is beyond me. He is a grade A piece of shit in my opinion. Yeah you can't learn bjj or become an elite striker in a week.. but you CAN show a little bit of concern for your fighter who just lost instead of getting pissed off at him because he made you look bad. Rampage is a selfish immature baby. Everything I've ever seen or read about him is nothing but bad.
RaginAsian- October 15, 2009 at 10:42 am
Well if he's not a coach and he's no longer a fighter, why is he still talking about it?
for the love of mma- October 15, 2009 at 10:37 am
i cant believe rampage is even bloging about the show now and talking shit even though he was the 1 who backed out of the fight!!!

thats like the kick running home from the school bus to his mom screaming "im going to kick your ass bro" as he hides behind her skirt!!!
Spacebump- October 15, 2009 at 10:31 am
His team just doesn't speak "Rampage". "Get Up" means kick his ass. "Get Up" means sink in a triangle choke. "Get Up" means sprawl. If his team would only realize "Get Up" is kinda like Aloha, it means many things.
agentsmith- October 15, 2009 at 10:29 am
I strongly suspect that Tiki edits/types Rampage's blog posts for him too... something tells me Rampage's spelling and grammar isn't quite that good. Plus I don't see a single "knowamsayin?" in there... that's a dead giveaway.
GSP for Prime Minister- October 15, 2009 at 9:59 am
it saddens me to watch rashad and rampage bicker on the show because they're not fighting each other anymore (at least in the foreseeable future)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DaltonSwayze- October 15, 2009 at 9:48 am
I think I might actually want to watch Ultimate Coach. Can we get that show instead?
One Two- October 15, 2009 at 9:46 am
That last paragraph is retarded hes not saying he doesn't know how to work the cameras and be fake hes saying Rashad does it which is a complete douche move. I hate to break it to everyone but your not gonna learn Jiu jitsu wrestling or striking in a week or two no matter who the fucks coaching you. you might learn a trick or two or maybe one new move which i'm sure rampage has shown them. like he said its about the fighters tired of that douche rashad trying to turn it into the ultimate coach. Rashad picked a better team and hes an arragont fuck for pretending like its his excellent coaching getting the wins.
Numa- October 15, 2009 at 9:40 am
Rampage always said he was a fighter. Why does everyone seemed so surprised by how he 'coaches'. On top of that... he is a different person than Rashad. It's just like having a boss who makes a big scene about what you do, or having one pull you aside one and one and thanking you. It is that persons personality.
Spotpuff- October 15, 2009 at 9:36 am
Talking to the rest of your team instead of the fighter that just lost = bad coaching.

Just A Wrestler- October 15, 2009 at 9:30 am
Next CP Post:

Rampage drops out of A-Team remake, replaced by Rashad Evans with a REAL MOHAWK and gold chains.

Thank you. Thank you. I'll Be here all week.
Dante- October 15, 2009 at 9:30 am
It's a shame because his quality of corner coaching is comparable to some small town regional amateur fight, where a fighter brought his neighbor Lenny who is a avid WWF viewer.

He's a mark.
google- October 15, 2009 at 9:27 am
so he knows how to play the camera and be fakeā€¦

Is it too late to cast Rashad in the A-team?

I would leave that qoute off my acting resume.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- October 15, 2009 at 9:24 am
That stool thing was just a misunderstanding. Rampage thought the stool they were talking about was feces. Due to this confusion, his question was very valid... "What the hell he need the feces for?"

I bet you feel dumb now Ben.