It hasn't been a good year for Quinton Jackson.
First he got injured while training to fight Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Japan. That sucked, but a doctor that either works or doesn't work for the UFC—depending on which version of the story you listen to—told him that if he took testosterone replacement therapy, he would magically heal and be ready to fight Bader. Imagine that.
So he did it, and yes, he magically healed up. The only problem is that he still wasn't able to do cardio, so he came in overweight for the Bader fight. He looked fat and listless and really, outside of a big slam in the second round that nearly killed Bader, didn't really offer up much in the way of competition.
Then he came home and gave an ill-advised interview to Fighters Only where he revealed all about the TRT use. He also voiced a few other concerns. Things were building up inside of Jackson, and it was only a matter of time before something bad happened. That's how it always is with Rampage.
Last night was the moment we've all been waiting for. Jackson finally let go on Twitter and said he wants out of the UFC.
@OldNickSuperchi the ufc makes billions off us all over the world,n pay us chump change! Boxers r boring but making buckets of money,THINK!
@skanksideup y u care that its the ufc? I can fight better fights n a diff show!
The UFC makes billions from shows around the world (the most they've ever made in a year was probably a quarter of that number, but don't let that distract you from a great story).
They've stolen Rampage's love of fighting—after he turned down a big fight on FOX television because he wanted to fight in Japan and the UFC gave him what he wanted. Oh, and this was after the UFC stuck by him after his last mental breakdown resulted in him leading California cops on a high-speed chase.
He can fight somewhere else and have more fun (and make 1/25th of his current salary while also getting stiffed on paychecks in the process).
Jackson has always been a headache and a thorn in the side of Dana White. But there was a time Jackson could deliver in the cage, and that's simply not the case anymore. He's a slow, plodding version of the killer he once was in the PRIDE rings. He'll never be a championship contender because he just fancies himself a boxer.
I think Jackson has a solid future in the movie business, and it's probably time for him to pursue that avenue. Even long-time Rampage fans have to be sick and tired of the complaining at this point.
I know I sure am.