Rampage is Done with the UFC; Dana White Says the Feeling is Mutual

May 4, 2012
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Dana White and Rampage JacksonQuinton “Rampage” Jackson has never been a fighter that holds his tongue. If he’s got something to say, he says it.

That’s never been more evident than over the past several months. Rampage has taken shots at his current employer, the UFC, at nearly every turn. Interviews, Twitter, you name it; Rampage is slinging arrows.

His latest salvo came on a recent appearance of HDNet’s Inside MMA, a common stop for Rampage.

“After I leave the UFC, I’m done with them. Just like when I left Pride,” he told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten.

That’s fine by UFC president Dana White, who sounds as if he’s about done dealing with Rampage’s tirades.

“I’ll have a conversation with Rampage and think we’re cool and then I’ll read other stuff. Rampage is obviously not happy with the UFC,” White said following Thursday’s UFC on Fox 3 pre-fight press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

“No big deal brother, you don’t want to be here anymore.”

Rampage has one more fight left on his UFC contract. Despite his vitriol, he hasn’t indicated that he would not honor that contract. For his part, White has said that once Rampage’s contract was fulfilled, they would honor his wishes to part ways with the promotion.

With the strain on their relationship reaching an apparent breaking point, who knows if that last fight will ever come to fruition.

Rampage was going to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a rematch of their Pride fight from several years ago as the final bout on his contract, but put it on hold, citing the need for double knee surgery.

In the meantime, Shogun has been scheduled to face Thiago Silva at UFC 149 in Calgary in July.

Rampage has still been on the offensive, however, calling the UFC to task for everything from pay to matchmaking to altering his image with fans.

“My second fight, they throwed me Chuck Liddell. The fans didn’t know who I was. I knocked him out; the fans booed me. They changed me towards the fans. I used to be the nicest guy towards the fans,” said Rampage, adding, “I’m tired of fighting these guys that are cowards. They just run around the cage.”

But according to White, the UFC has been fair and then some with Rampage.

“As far as money goes, everybody needs to make more money. That’s human nature,” he said. “We’ve never screwed anybody over, including Rampage.

“You want to talk about a guy we went to bat for. We’ve gone to bat for him many times. I feel like (expletive) (Derek) Jeter when it comes to Rampage.”

It’s clear, however, that White’s patience with Rampage has worn paper-thin.

“If he’s unhappy with us, doesn’t like us, and doesn’t want to be with us anymore, then the feeling is mutual.”

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  • Poor Quinton, always the victim…

  • rsnowbass

    Boo Hoo, “They threw me Chuck Liddell right away.”

    Who knew that the UFC crowning Rampage LHW Champion in such short notice in the organization would be such a chore.

    Then he loses to Forrest, drives his “Rampage Truck” all over SoCal in a reckless and immature tirade, and who’s there to save him and help with PR? Hmmm… Dana?

    The guy is funny and I like his interviews, but he’s a cancer. A cancer that can be broken very easily in and out of the cage. Weak mind.

    • goleta83

      I’m pretty sure he wasn’t whining about having to face Chuck, he was just explaining a situation

      • mich1fan

        Ya but he whines about EVERYTHING, and makes 1,000s of excuses every time he loses. which is more often than not. he is so overrated its sick. even when he knocked out chuck, chuck was starting his down slide where a strong wind would knock him out. just cut him and get it over with, cause he is one of those guys who you will never be able to make happy.

        • BlackDog2009

          at least he whines live on television, tells it like it is and mans up… you on the other hand are whining here behind your keyboard.

  • rsnowbass

    I shouldn’t say “very easily.” That’s not fair.


  • DrkDisciple

    Let me make a prediction within two years this guy will be broke. We will be reading here one of those tear jerker stories about all his personal problems and how he now is broke but a better man lol

  • bajafox

    Just cut his whiny ass

    • shereko

      He got to that weird point where he’s a big enough star where, keeping him sitting while having 1 fight on his contract is worth more to UFC than just cutting him… Plus they can make a payday off him if/when he does fight again. Its better for them to just not cut him. Kinda funny, then he won’t sign a money fight to fight someone like Fedor. Rampage is one of those guys that thinks he’s right one day, then someone gets in his ear and says something to convince him otherwise… thats why when he talks to Dana he’s cool one day and not the next. He obviously doesn’t surround himself with good people.

  • Towers66

    One of the most overrated fighters in recent times. I have never been a fan of his style, lack of ability to adapt, wwe style attitude of acting before and after shows, unprofessional/unacceptable actions towards the press and others and his pre fight hype. It will be nice to not have this turd werewolf wannabe polluting anymore main cards.

    • Lesnardo

      Actually the real fans knew where he stood in the division.

      It’s the TUF noobs that overhyped the dude after he wooped Chuck in the UFC.

      Honestly, one thing I liked about Rampage is his consistency. He beats people that he should beat and loses only to fighters that either are elite fighters or go on to be elite fighters.

      That Bader fight was a joke.