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Rampage Jackson Mad as Hell, Not Going to Take This Anymore

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Just because Quinton Jackson is returning to the Octagon to fight Rashad Evans, it doesn’t mean things are all lovey-dovey between the former light-heavyweight champ and the UFC. Judging from the above video interview, Rampage still holds a serious grudge about the way he was treated during his un-authorized break to go shoot The A-Team, and he’s ready to leave MMA behind and move on with his life:

"I don’t know how much I ever loved the fight game, to be honest…I’ll tell you one thing, I like it a lot less than I used to. Everybody knows about the falling out I had with the UFC. Its kind of unfortunate that they’re trying to blame me for doing this movie like I turned my back on them after ‘all they’ve done for me’ when I feel like I have done a lot of things for them as well. They’ve said some things and done some things that I don’t agree with. That’s not the way I do business. I’m a loyal person, so I take care of people who take care of me, but if people don’t take care of me, I don’t take care of them. So I am done with the UFC, they can’t ask any more favors from me, nothing. I just want to finish my contract and get out if there, do my own thing.
And honestly, Dana lied to me. He said I didn’t have to fight Rashad, I could fight Machida [after TUF 10]. After that he told me ‘Oh, you gotta fight Rashad.’ All the fans were saying ‘He’s ducking Machida, that’s why he did the Ultimate Fighter show’, and I didn’t say anything, because I was doing [the UFC] a favor. I was being loyal to them, I was being a team player. As soon as I want to do one thing for myself, I’m the bad guy."

At this point, Jackson regrets the loyalty he showed the UFC, which cost him other opportunities:

There has been plenty of movies that I was supposed to do but I couldn’t do it because The Ultimate Fighter show came up, and I hate doing The Ultimate Fighter show, but I did it for them. Then I watched a movie come out and I was like man, I could have been in that. I turned down several movies but they don’t even know that, I didn’t even tell them. I am not making this up, there was several movies that I have turned down because of a fight and I could name them, big movies.

It’s true. Rampage was actually being considered for a role in Valentine’s Day that eventually went to Topher Grace. Nah, just fuckin’ with you. But right now, Jackson seems to have a lot more love for acting than the fight game, and is carrying some hurt feelings that a few large paychecks might not be able to cure. Will ‘Page have to rediscover a passion for his sport if he hopes to do well against Evans in May?

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SciaticNervePain- October 25, 2011 at 3:45 am
What has he done for the UFC that is so great?
sciatic nerve pain
ArmFarmer- February 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm
1. White yes, but I don't care about anyone rampage has beaten. Was never a big chuck fan. I like Rashad though if that makes you feel better. Now let me guess, you are black and that's pretty much the only reason you like rampage.

2. True.

3. Don't need to know him personally, he is a celebrity. Enough of his life is public to make a judgement on what kind of person he is.

4. So?

5. Because he's a dumb piece of shit and he makes the sport look bad when he does things like hump interviewers, crash his way down a highway in a big truck that says ufc on it before getting arrested at gun point, and goes on tv shows acting like a stereotypical thug.

Machineboi- February 26, 2010 at 11:06 am

1. I bet 99% of you posting on here are bunch fag ass white boys who hate the fact he knocked your idol into the outerworld.

2. Sorry, Rampage did have a name before he came to the ufc..Check his pride fights Dana had nothing to do with the pride Fights

3. You dont know him personally to make such comments about his life or history with dana

4. He can kick your ass ,your dads ass or anybody ass in your pussy ass Dojo.

5.What rampage eats dont make you shit so why are you tough guys so sensitive about what he says or does?

ArmFarmer- February 26, 2010 at 6:42 am
Still waiting to hear why rampage should be in the hall of fame...
rlh61- February 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm
I get the door thing...did you see what he did to that one on TUF? I know DW is thinking "One, or both, of these goofy hot-head mother fuckers is going to tear down a I better get the cheapest ones out there. Don't want one of these d-bags to hurt themselves and fuck up the finale..." retrospect, they should have used 1 1/4 boiler plate and let 'page have at it...maybe he'd try to bust through it head-first and save us all this bullshit.
Your Dumb- February 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm
I think the Rampage took the quote "when one door closes, another one opens" to heart.

Sounds like he's ready to close the door in his fighting career and go towards one for acting. And if that shit doesn't want to open, he plans on breaking that mofo down.
robthom- February 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Rampage fanboys always strike me as at the very least subconsciously racist.

Why would these people be so enthusiastic about such a mumbling ignorant ghetto caricature of a black person.

They even go so far as to proclaim his uncivilized throwback behavior as "really funny" and "entertaining".

And of course they can invariably be counted on to spit vehement vitriol towards Rashad. I guess because Rashad doesn't mangle english, makes sense when he talks and is aware of common manners.

Which apparently makes them uncomfortable and very angry IMO.
CheckHisPee- February 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm
I like me some 'Page...and Affliction shirts.
ArmFarmer- February 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm
Please explain why Rampage should be in the hall of fame. He hasn't done anything hall of fame worthy.

"Can he knock out anyone on any given day? You betcha. Even Machida."

Yeah he can knock anyone out. Except Keith Jardine and Forrest Griffin, but those guys never get knocked out.. oh wait...
rampageisgod- February 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Rampage is going to shut all of you up come May.
Sneaky Pete- February 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm
I can care less. I'm a fan of Rampage's not because he's a stable and articulate human being, but because he's a great fighter who deserves to be in the hall of fame.

He's a bit mental? He thinks he can be an actor? So what.
Can he knock out anyone on any given day? You betcha. Even Machida.
LET IT RAIN- February 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Rampage should have just knocked out Rashad in his suit when DW brought him in to the cage to promote the title fight. That was some ghey ass Mickey Mouse shit by DW. The guy just won and you bring in the champ to talk shit. Fuck that. Rampage should have just dropped him right there. Get the fuck outta my face!
munche- February 25, 2010 at 11:46 am
As soon as Rampage is actually signed to fight Rashad, now it's the fight he didn't want? The one he's been asking for for the last year?

Wow. Honestly I was a huge fan of the guy in the day but he can't even keep his own story straight. No matter what happens, he's an innocent victim and the UFC is screwing him over somehow.

I was literally the only person in the bar cheering when he KO'ed Liddell back in the day, but the guy has turned into such a fucking douche that he's making me root for Rashad fucking Evans of all people. And THAT, Rampage. That is why I hate you now. Making me root for Rashad? Shame on you, sir.
rlh61- February 25, 2010 at 11:45 am continue to impress me...well put.

As for 'page...the guy has done lost his mind. It's pretty obvious he's got some kind of imbalance going on. The comparison to Tyson was a good one in the sense that they both exhibit unpredictable behavior. However, I don't think the behavior is based on the 'I've been a champion' entitlement. I think there really is some kind of disorder going on. Rampage is a little better adjusted than Tyson, but not by much. Tyson has the edge in the acting department...did you see him in The Hangover?? "Niiiiice!"

They should put together a Tyson/Rampage Padded-Cell Match. Winner gets a lifetime supply of Prozac and Red Bull...and a free face-tat.
budsellers- February 25, 2010 at 11:02 am
are dana and the ufc are beyond blame in this whole rampage, ufc, dana, shit talking mess? shit talking is what dana does best...

now i enjoyed talking smack about rashad last month and bisping this month so i will not fault anyone else their right to express opinions on a blog. however, i am left wondering if any of the people who talked shit about rashad last month are now talking shit about rampage just because of the amount of shit talking that is happening...

imho, the bj penn title defense was definitely more entertaining that a rampage vs rashad fight will be later this spring.

if he really does leave ufc, then i suppose we can look forward to the rampage vs king mo trilogy that is sure to follow his entrance into strikeforce... its not like either will have anyone else to fight there.

DazedNConfused- February 25, 2010 at 10:58 am
Rampage needs to realize he's a fighter, or to put it better, an employee of the UFC. He isn't a shareholder who gets to do things or suggest things. The UFC isn't going to be fair to every employee. I would agree they do fuck some people over. But Rampage wasn't one of them. He was getting hundreds of thousands, and if he would've beat Evans and kept going he would get a title shot. I personally think he's already over the hill so fuck him. Leave. But I know after one year with no good movies, no respect from fans and no money he will attempt to come back. Like a little bitch. Hell maybe he'll even go to strikeforce. I'd watch Dan Henderson vs. Rampage again.
jbelson- February 25, 2010 at 10:56 am
You gotta admit, Rampage is a good actor. I almost belived that he could kick Evans ass for a minute during TUF.
iDestroy- February 25, 2010 at 10:54 am
Curse you ArmFarmer and your superior typing speed.
iDestroy- February 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin didn't fight each other after their season of TUF. And how come anyone who doesnt agree with you is a troll? Just wondering. I hope we can still be friends.


I don't blame Rampage for wanting to make movies instead of fighting. Bigger pay check, less getting hit in the face. Sure I love watching him fight, sure I'd love to watch him beat everyone but Shogun in the lhw, but who wouldn't leave a pretty good job for a way better job that's less physically taxing? Yeah, I could do with out his whiney comments, and yeah, he didn't even say what other movies he got offered, but if the man doesn't wanna fight don't crucify him for it.
Sabado Gigante- February 25, 2010 at 10:40 am
The only reason I fear Curtis Sample is because Cael Sonnen told me that it's actually Anderson Silva's CP alias... As you could tell, his English is kind of misguided, yet his heart is in the right place...
ArmFarmer- February 25, 2010 at 10:28 am
@831 son

Actually, there have been tuf coaches that didn't fight. I think season 2.. wasn't that one hughes and franklin? I get what you're saying though and I think he totally screwed the ufc and the fans by not taking that fight.
Seoul Brother- February 25, 2010 at 10:18 am
Yeah, Dana White didn't do shit for Rampage. He didn't do anything like - oh I don't know - help his ghetto bitch ass out when he went on an "energy drink-fueled" reckless driving spree. Yeah, sorry about that bitch with the miscarriage. I'm sure having Rampage's truck had nothing to do with it.

And just what acting prospects did Rampage pass on to fight with doors in the UFC? Was Woody Allen gonna work with him? I guess that romantic drama with Kate Winslet ain't gonna happen. Maybe it was supposed to be Pierce Brosnan and Rampage Jackson in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," and not Ewan McGregor.

Or maybe he was just gonna suck a little bit more in yet another Hector Echavarria crap fest.
Nealio- February 25, 2010 at 10:12 am
I think we've hit every cliche' internet diss on the wiki.
halfbreed23- February 25, 2010 at 10:06 am
Fedor's never been that interested in the fight game but he trains hard and wins. Rampage will train hard and he will have a chance to win.
cecils_pupils- February 25, 2010 at 9:46 am
This thread is funnyfunny. You guys seriously make my day - every day. My life just would not be as much fun if I didn't have you all to make me laugh.

And, BTW, Rex13 slays...