See You Around 'Page: Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Calls It a Career
Didn`t want to put this up right away while there was still a chance it was a hoax, but alas not. Quinton `Rampage` Jackson announced on his blog that he is retiring from fighting as a result of his recent war of words with Dana White, and the disrespect he feels it showed him. Scotched is a huge money fight with Rashad Evans and, had Rampage won that fight (and believe he had a more then good chance) an even bigger fight with Lyoto Machida for the UFC belt some feel he never rightfully lost. Check out the full story here: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/9/22/1050828/rampage-jackson-im-done-with-ufc
While a lot of flack has been directed at Mr. White as usual for his brash statements to the press, I sympathize with him to a large degree. Following Quinton Jackson`s title loss to Forrest Griffin and subsequent energy drink fuelled reckless driving spree in Los Angeles, his public image took as big hit. His image was even more tarnished in the sports world, where people began to wonder if he was still mentally strong following the much publicized split with long-time trainer Juantino Ilbara. To their credit, Dana White and the UFC brass stood by Jackson in his darkest hour, helped get him on his feet and rehabilitate his image, and then promoted him in big time fights. Without Dana White`s support in that summer of 2008, there would be no A-Team movie, no Ultimate Fighter 10, no chance for Quinton Jackson to rebuild his superstar image. For him to walk out on the much hyped fight with Rashad must have been a slap in the face of Dana, no matter how close the two were previously.
I can`t blame Rampage for wanting to postpone the fight to do the À-Team` movie, however. He`s right when he says fighting is a limited time gig, and you have to go when you have it and stop when you don`t. Not everyone can be Randy Couture. Still, I see no reason why he can`t shoot the movie and then reschedule the fight for sometime in early 2010. The hype will still be strong - especially if they do a ÙFC 24-7 special for it, as they had planned to do anyways. I believe this was the plan of the UFC brass before this blow-up between White and Jackson derailed everything. My gut tells me that like the Couture-UFC fallout, this split isn’t permanent. Look for Lorenzo and Dana to resume their Good Cop, Bad Cop routine and get Rampage back in line before too long.
Or is that just wishful thinking. Only time will tell.
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