(‘Okay, final offer. You take me back in the UFC and I’ll give you this hat that I made out of a sofa. Going once…’)
Before he burns any bridges with the UFC, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson might want to take a look at the cautionary tale of Roger Huerta. After losing what was supposed to be his last match in the UFC before running off to a land of riches and pain-free adulation in Hollywood, Huerta now says he might like to stick around and see where this fighting thing takes him. And what caused this tremendous shift from the guy who signed a development deal with Lion’s Gate Films and has been very vocal about his displeasure with the UFC in the past? From the sound of it, this acting plum isn’t quite as sweet as Huerta thought it would be:
“I’m still open to acting,” said Huerta. “Hopefully we get something going with that, but I’m not going to prioritize (acting) now. I’ll still prioritize fighting. If the UFC wants me back, I’d be willing to go back. …We started looking at the things we were going to do with Lion’s Gate. We’ve looked over some roles, but nothing that I’ve wanted to sink my teeth into (yet).”
Translation: I thought doing this one cheesy role in a video game movie would lead to gigs where I co-starred with Scarlett Johansson and blew up helicopters, but instead all I got offered was a role opposite Vanessa Johansson in the sequel to “Shark in Venice.”
Huerta says that the loss to Maynard reignited some of his competitive fire, and that he doesn’t want to give the sport up after suffering back-to-back losses. But he also seems to think that the Maynard fight “could have gone either way” on the judges’ scorecards, so it’s possible that Huerta’s ability for self-deception is serving him well in this instance. At least in public, he’s chalking this decision up to simply being too competitive to quit. He even says he was willing to let Maynard crank that kimura until something broke, because dammit, that’s just what a battler he is.
While that last part may be true, make no mistake, this probably has as much to do with the lack of good acting prospects as with Huerta’s desire to fight.
“Rampage” Jackson should really take a look at what’s happening here. While we’ve never seen his acting chops, they’re probably at least as good as ‘Page’s. And yet what he found was that an actual acting career is more difficult than landing just one fairly gimmicky part. Who would have thought? I mean, aside from everyone.