The fallout for Rampage Jackson continues after an embarrassing performance at UFC 144. A few days after claiming the UFC recommended a doctor that gave him TRT, Jackson announced on Twitter that he is leaving the UFC after his next fight.
It would appear that relations between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and one of their biggest stars are not very good. The UFC are rumored to be fuming at Rampage’s comments last week in which he told the media that the UFC recommended a doctor who in turn prescribed Jackson TRT. Now Jackson is telling the world on Twitter that he is one and done after his last fight.
“I will fight who ever they put n front of me,I always have,but it will b my last fight n the ufc,I have other things on my mind” – Rampage4Real
“I didn’t say I would b done fighting,I just said I’m not fighting 4 the UFC,(u fight cheap)I said I have other things on my mind (big head)” – Rampage4Real
It appears to me that Jackson has received some serious backlash from the UFC in recent days following the revelations about the TRT.
“@VWAssassin: @Rampage4real your leaving the UFC?” Y should I stay? I don’t need them or anybody else negative dealing with my carrie” – Rampage4Real
It is hard to tell with Rampage whether he is just having a bad day or if he is sincerely leaving the UFC. Maybe it is a negotiating ploy? This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Jackson has made an outrageous statement on Twitter only to backtrack later.
Let’s call a spade a spade here. I like Rampage but maybe he is just doing some early public relations work to help spin the story when the UFC declines to re-sign him after his deal expires. Jackson has gone 2-3 in his last five fights and is coming off of two losses. At 33 years old, it doesn’t appear likely that Jackson will have a sudden career resurgence in the UFC and will have a hard time commanding big dollars at this stage in his career.
If this is really the end of Jackson in the UFC I would say that the relationship has been a win-win for both parties. While Jackson has certainly declined as a fighter, he is responsible for delivering one of the highest buyrates in UFC history with his fight against Rashad Evans. For that alone, I hope that the UFC allows him to leave without the usual Dana White temper tantrum others like Randy Couture and Dan Henderson received.
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