Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is a fighter who has had an illustrious career in MMA. Now, Jackson is retiring from the sport he was so well known for, in favor of another career instead.
Jackson declared on his website’s blog that he would no longer be fighting former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at an upcoming UFC pay-per-view event that was supposed to take place in his hometown of Memphis.
“All we had to do was come to a certain type of agreement or understanding, which later came after a lot of trash talk from Dana [White]. My manager flew to Vegas & talked to them & tried to work things out like a MAN,” said Jackson in his blog.
Jackson also went on to say that White, in essence, lied to him, saying he changed his mind when Jackson made it clear he wanted to fight current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida for the title.
“ … When Rashad got knocked out [by Machida at UFC 98], 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 and says I have to fight Rashad and even told me what to say in the press and so my fans think I was scared to fight Machida. After all that, I still never complained and I did it all.”
Jackson’s main issue appeared to be with White’s inconsideration for Jackson’s role in an upcoming A-Team movie in which Jackson stars as Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus, played in the original series by Mr. T.
White responded to Jackson’s blog, saying, “All he’s been telling me since he got in the UFC is that he wants to fight in Memphis in front of his home town. We make the fight in Memphis and then he pulls out of the fight and is going to do a movie instead because it has so much sentimental value to him. Come on man.”
Though the two appeared to be at opposite ends, White also said that he and Jackson have talked, and White is confident Jackson will remain fighting.
“We kind of made up,” White said. “We’re going to figure it out. [Jackson] wants the Rashad fight. He’s in Vancouver doing this movie. It is what it is. Now we just have to figure out when. We’ll see what happens.”
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