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Rampage Jackson Tweets That He Is Leaving The UFC

Rampage JacksonThe 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.

Jackson went on a “rampage” last night on Twitter, accusing the UFC of being “cheap.” Jackson tweeted that he has one fight left on his deal, he will fight whoever they want, and once the fight is done, so is he…with the UFC anyway.

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.

Unfortunately for Rampage he doesn’t have any options that will pay him more to fight in MMA than the UFC. Bellator is always out there, but they can’t match what Jackson makes unless they get into the pay per view game and give him a big piece of the pie. Even then, the novelty of Jackson will wear off quickly if he debuts anywhere and puts on a performance like he had in Japan.

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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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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