Is there anything that gets the fans more upset than seeing a fighter not competing to the best of their abilities?
Go watch UFC 90, 97, and 112 for some examples.
Or even worse, is there anything worse in combat sports when you know one of the fighters is there just to collect a paycheck?
For an example, watch UFC 130 next Saturday night.
In recent interviews, Rampage has made it well known that he is not thrilled about fight Matt Hamill. He has also made it clear that he is just about done with MMA period.
He would rather be hamming it up on the big screen. To Rampage, this whole MMA thing that made him famous is just something to tide him over until Hollywood comes knocking at his door again.
Apparently, headlining yet another UFC event is not enough to get Rampage excited about fighting again. Jackson recently told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour "...not a whole lot gets me excited."
News flash Quinton—when your name is tied to the headline of a pay-per-view, it is your job to get excited. Or at very least, it is your job make the fans believe you are excited.
After all, if you can't get fans excited about your fight, who is going to want to watch it?
Are you going to pay to watch Rampage at UFC 130?
Of course you wouldn't. Because if you did that, you wouldn't have a job.
What Rampage is doing is telling all the paying fans out there "this job sucks," yet still expects us to pay $50 or $60 to watch him do something that he hates and do it at less than 100 percent of his ability, just so he can get another paycheck.
So fans, I would like to pose a question to you. Since Rampage has made it clear that he doesn't care, do you care enough to fork over your hard-earned cash to watch him "fight?"
I know I don't.