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When Quinton Jackson left fighting for movies, tempers and tension ran high. But UFC President Dana White has come around to accepting Rampage's movie role.
"Rampage made the right decision," White told the Miami Herald. "The A-Team is the big summer hit this year, and from what I'm hearing from the guys in Hollywood, Rampage [nailed] it. He did an awesome job."
Not only is the film the summer's big, fun action flick, but with Hollywood names like Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel and Bradley Cooper, the UFC is sure to get a bit of attention from movie-goers.
With Rampage back in the UFC, and his impending blockbuster with Rashad Evans this weekend, White is glad that the air is cleared between him and his fighter. After the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter 10, Rampage dropped his fight against Evans to do the film, leaving the UFC hanging in the balance. Rampage later "retired" from fighting, only to return months later to finish out his contract.
"Everything worked out," White said. "He and I made up, and the fight is still happening. It's definitely not a bad thing, but I don't know how many people will actually be going to see The A-Team movie knowing that Rampage Jackson is a UFC fighter."
Regardless, with Rampage set to take on Evans on May 29 and his film opening on June 11, he has cemented himself as the spotlit man of the summer. If Rampage is to win his UFC 114 fight, he will become the number one title contender for the light-heavyweight belt.