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Jackson and the UFC have had a bad relationship since the A-Team debacle.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dana White are, in many ways, two peas in a pod. The thing is, as anybody who dormed with their at-the-time best friend sophomore year knows, peas can get really mad with each other after they spend extended periods of time together.
Jackson has always been a bit of a prima donna, and has rarely reacted well to adversity. This, of course, made his role in the light heavyweight division difficult to pin. Was he the sort of wily fan favorite Matt Serra was when he fought Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg? Or was he a legitimate title contender?
The UFC, at least, believed him to be the latter and as he began losing to younger, better fighters he became more and more eccentric.
His loss to Forrest Griffin? Racism. UFC matchmakers? They need to be shot for pitting him against wrestlers (even though the vast majority of top light heavyweights are wrestlers). Zuffa executives? Liars and cheats.
Worse than all that, however, was his pulling out of a scheduled UFC 107 matchup with Rashad Evans following The Ultimate Fighter season 10. The event was built around Jackson, and took place in his hometown of Memphis.
Even though White has been a sport since Jackson's final UFC fight at UFC on Fox 6, and says there's no bad blood, it's tough to believe that.