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Rampage Jackson Chooses A-Team Over UFC Match

Even Quinton Jackson’s biggest UFC fans have to be disgusted. Rampage Jackson has reportedly backed out of his upcoming match with Rashad Evans. The coaches of the Ultimate Fighter 10 were scheduled to fight at UFC 107. Jackson’s role in the A Team movie will make him unavailable for the fight. Could this be the end of Rampage Jackson in the UFC and what’s next for Evans?

I am not surprised one bit by this news. The first thing I thought of when I read that Jackson got Mr. T’s part on the A Team was this fight. Surely they weren’t going to sign an unproven actor and wait out his fight schedule. Sadly, I am right and the fight looks like it is off. Surely Jackson knew that the fight would be compromised if he was going to take the part in the A Team movie. It makes you wonder how seriously he was taking the fight in the first place. To his credit, Rampage has publicly talked about getting into acting. As a matter of a fact, Rampage went from talking to acting to humping a reporter in one interview this summer.

Dana White must have been thinking the same thing. White was livid at Jackson when he heard the news about Rampage’s new movie career. “What is Quinton thinking?” asked White, “That Rashad and his mother are sitting at home watching the “Love Boat” and Rashad wants to play Isaac?” – Headlineplanet.com.

White went further, I hate it with a [censored] passion,” said White of fighters who show interest in movie roles. “You’re a fighter; you’re not a movie star. It’s so [censored] funny because fighters want to be movie stars, and movie stars want to act like they’re fighters. Get a [censored] grip. You’re a fighter, and you’re a [censored] movie star. Alright?” I couldn’t agree with him more.

The timing of this all is completely bizarre. Jackson passed up a UFC light heavyweight title fight with Lyoto Machida to take this fight. Jackson and Evans also coached against one another in the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter show to promote the fight. Jackson has been trash talking Evans for the last two months. The two even had a confrontation in the crowd at UFC 100 which was ironically posted on Dana White’s video blog.

So why in the world would Jackson just drop out of arguably the biggest fight of his career to be an actor? The fight could have been bigger than his UFC debut against Chuck Liddell. I say that because due to Kimbo Slice, this season’s The Ultimate Fighter is expected to do monster ratings. Evans and Jackson have already done a great job of building up their grudge in promotional interviews. Between their tension and Kimbo Slice, I would bet on a large audience who would have bought UFC 107 to see them fight.

I am no Dana White fan but this is a huge slap in the face to him and UFC. If it was a matter of money, that is one thing. However, Jackson is likely to make the same if not more by fighting. Jackson can do whatever he wants, but he really screwed the company by taking the spot on The Ultimate Fighter. Someone else could have benefited from the publicity that the show is going to get. Now it will be a few months of hype all for nothing for UFC fans.

I could see this turning into a real issue for Jackson and White. White stuck his neck out for Jackson after his arrest last year. In the wrestling world, Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura had a falling out over something similar in 1986. McMahon refused to let Ventura take a sabbatical when he landed a part in The Predator movie. Ventura quit over this. Things turned out pretty good for Jesse. I don’t know if I see politics in the future of Rampage Jackson.

Now that Jackson is out it is time to look ahead. There are a couple of great fighters out there that could step into this match. Rematches with Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin are the first two guys that come to mind. Wanderlei Silva or Vitor Belforts are other great possibilities. The great news here is that UFC has such a stacked light heavyweight division, that they should have no problem plugging this hole and giving fans a money matchup.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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