Former UFC champion Quinton Rampage Jackson has retired. In a statement on his website, Rampage said that he is “done fighting.” Rampage has had enough of UFC president’s Dana White’s “disrespect” and recent insults. Jackson plans to pursue a full time movie career.
Dana White may be the smartest man in sports entertainment, but he is also the most immature. Quite honestly, White treats his fighter liked a bitter ex-girlfriend whenever one of them makes him angry. White will insult and rip apart his own fighters weeks before they are scheduled to fight for UFC. Apparently Rampage wasn’t amused like reporters when White described his frustrations with Jackson as, “You can’t fight stupid.”
Jackson made the statement earlier today on his website. Jackson cites several reasons behind his decision. The overriding factors here are his feelings that he has been disrespected by Dana White and UFC. In addition to White’s comments, Jackson also cites several opportunities where he felt lied or misled by UFC. According to Jackson, there is more behind his recent decision to drop out of the fight with Rashad Evans than we were told.
In Jackson’s own words from his website…
The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them. The UFC bought WFA to get my contract & they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddel even when I clearly stated I wasn’t ready to fight for the belt because the American fans didn’t know me but I took the fight and didn’t complain & after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them & it hurt me deeply.
Then before I can even get out of the cage they announced that I was fighting Dan Henderson without even asking me. After I beat Dan Henderson, I made history in becoming the first undisputed champion in MMA but was never even given the pride belt in the cage & I was never promoted as the undisputed champ. Later Anderson Silva was.
Then they had me coach TUF season 7 and fight Forrest and the fight was very controversial & normally when a fight is that close & controversial there is normally an instant replay. I can name a couple of instances. Instead they offered me the Vanderlei Silva fight which I gladly accepted even though I know it was a very risky fight for me to take because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time. I fought that fight with a jaw injury and then a couple weeks later Dana called me and asked me to fight Rashad. For the first time I said no, I didn’t want to fight because it was such short notice & I wouldn’t have had a long break between camp. Dana talked me into fighting Rashad anyway but Rashad refused the fight and so I had to fight Jardine as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn’t even worth it to me financially).
Then I reinjured my jaw in the fight with Vanderlei & Jardine. Frank Mir gets hurt so they wanted to switch my fight from UFC 100 to the fight Frank couldn’t make it to but I couldn’t fight cause I needed jaw surgury. So they give Machida the fight against Rashad & they told me they want me to coach TUF season 10 against Rashad. That’s why I wanted Rashad to win so bad but when Rashad got knocked out I told them I wanted to fight Machida for the belt but Dana told me if I coach TUF against Rashad that I could fight Machida afterwards cause this was a different type of ultimate fighter show they were doing. After I signed the contract Dana then changes his mind & says I have to fight Rashad & even told me what to say in the press & so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that I still never complained & I did it all.
Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me. My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I’m not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long. So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so I’m done fighting. I’ve been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don’t pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I’m hanging it up. I’m gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they’ll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don’t like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!
I still feel the UFC is a great organization and I felt like I was very loyal to them but they didn’t respect my loyalty but I wish the UFC the best. I did a lot of things for them. I wish no bad blood between us but I have kids & a family back in Memphis to provide for & thats all that matters to me!
From Jackson’s perspective, it sounds like he has been jerked around since day one. Jackson is not entirely at innocent here. For one, he could have always said no if he wasn’t comfortable with anything. Number two, Jackson has been a huge headache for the UFC over the last year. Between getting arrested and humping a reporter, Jackson has not exactly been a model citizen. To Dana White’s credit, he has stuck by his fighter through the dark times. By all rights, he probably should have been fired after humping the reporter.
So there you have it. It just goes to show you that there are two sides to every story. On the surface, it looks like everyone is wrong here. Dana White is wrong for bringing up finances and making a mockery out of his fighter. Jackson is wrong for dropping out of a fight after committing to the TUF gig. At 31, Jackson is still young in the fight game and can come back at top form if he desires. My gut feeling is that when cooler heads prevail, Jackson will fight again.
The news comes at a very strange time for the UFC. In one week it is conceivable that the UFC will lose three fighters to retirement. Following their losses at UFC 103, Mirko Cro Cop and Frank Trigg have started talking retirement. Obviously Jackson is the bigger name here of the bunch. Nonetheless, those are three familiar faces to MMA fans that likely won’t be around the UFC for awhile if ever again.
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