Rampage on the UFC: I don’t want to renegotiate with them

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is officially leaving the UFC. After honoring the remaining bout on his contract by facing quick rising Light-Heavyweight contender Glover Texeira, Jackson has every intention of leaving to pursue whatever the next phase of his career may be.

During today’s conference call for his upcoming fight, although not completely clear, Jackson gave some very brief and vague ideas regarding his future endeavors:

“You know what? Honestly I put my time in. I did my thing,” he said. “I feel like I think my next challenge is if I go somewhere, I want to be very exciting. Maybe I want to try some boxing and see if I do some boxing or kickboxing … I think my strategy, I’ve done jiu-jitsu tournaments, wrestling tournaments, kickboxing fights, but I’ve never done boxing. I think that’s my biggest challenge, to see if I can be a pro boxer. I hear Kimbo Slice is doing pretty good.”

With Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently sharing an interest in Jacksons services, it will be interesting to see what Rampage decides to do. When asked by reporters what he thinks of Jackson asa fighter Bjorn had this to say:

“I used to watch ‘Rampage’ when he fought in Pride. He’s an awesome, awesome fighter, and an incredible personality, and I’ve been a fan for a lot of years. How he could conceptually fit within the format and the structure we have? That is something where I would have to get people smarter than I around the table and discuss. I don’t think he’d deny he’s at the latter stages of his career. He’s suffered a lot of injuries but he’s still a rock star at a very high level, and we’ll see what happens with his next fight. But we’ll still have to sit around and figure out where he fits. He’s exciting, he’s entertaining, but, that would be one of those square peg, round hole situations, but sometimes you can make those work. It would depend on a lot of stuff. It would depend on the legalities of where he is with the UFC. … We’ll see. Who knows.”

According to Jackson the UFC recently approached him with intentions to negotiate a new deal, but he refused, stating on today’s conference call:

“I don’t want to renegotiate with them”

A very honest and candid Jackson further elaborated and shared his feelings on the matter:

“I think the UFC don’t know how to treat the athletes, in my opinion. I feel like the fighters do a lot for the sport and I feel like we’re not taken care of well enough. I feel like they’re getting rich off all of us.”

However with all the animosity and UFC drama coming to an end, Jackson has been preparing for the only thing left worth focusing on, his final fight. After being called out personally by Glover Texiera, Jackson was initially excited to hear the challenger share his intentions to keep the fight standing.

Jackson however now believes this to be a ploy stating:

“I pretty much found out from snitches on the internet that he’s trying to wrestle me and take me to ground,” he said. “I kind of lost respect for him as a fighter but now I see his game plan.”

As a follow up to Jackson’s statement Teixeira simply replied:

“I’m going to do my fight.”

Regardless of what happens, it’s safe to say that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has provided us with some truly unforgettably entertaining moments in the sports short history. With a new mind set and looking to the future, a more mature and serene Jackson closed off the conference call with the following statement:

“I’ve been mad at UFC for long time, and it turned me into a very negative person. I just want to be a positive person. That’s the first thing I do is get rid of all the negativity out of my life. I had a lot of negative friends, even some negative family members, and I’m getting rid of the UFC out of my life. I just want to be a positive person and positive role model for my kids and for other young people coming up. I just want a positive life. No matter what the outcome on Jan. 26 is, I’m going to be happy with everything because I’ve trained very hard and I trained to destroy Glover. I trained every aspect, on the ground, wrestling, standup, everything. I trained to be strong and then leave UFC on a positive note and go on with my life. The UFC will be my past.”

As a fan of such a larger than life MMA personality myself, I wish nothing but the best for Quinton in his future. Just please, no more A-Team movies.


26 Comments

  1. Avatar of Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    January 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

    …thus increasing by 1, the number of fighters with decent name recognition in the Bellator stable. I'll watch. Particularly if he's fighting for free on SPIKE.

  2. Avatar of enjoylife321

    enjoylife321

    January 16, 2013 at 3:10 am

    The best thing rampage can do is say nothing more and just deliver a much needed knockout..His last knockout was against wanderlei in 2008.. This war of words has been going on for so long. We will never know who is in the right, however if someone has to complain about money then it shouldn't be rampage who is a top earner in the UFC. the pride days are over, the ufc days are closing, time to say goodbye.

  3. Avatar of cranestyle

    cranestyle

    January 16, 2013 at 4:04 am

    He doesn't want to stand with me, moan moan, he just wants to take me down, whine whine.

    Hey, Rampage if you want to keep it standing, develop better taken down defense instead of hoping your opponent won't try and neutralize your one real strength and capitalize on your weakness.

    But good luck with that positivity thing.

    • Avatar of DR3W

      DR3W

      January 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

      He does actually. They usually wear him down before they finally take him down. That being said. Rampage needs to evolve a more well rounded stand up. Even increase his boxing skills to keep it standing. Also impose his will by taking down some of his opponents. His seems to stubborn to realize though. Its a shame.

  4. Avatar of Akordas

    Akordas

    January 16, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Someone please look at Ryan Bader record, the guy who have one of the best record in ufc, have a win over Rampage, and have only lost for 3 formers champions, is on preliminary card, he is the one who should be complaining not Rampage Jackson. Damn I feel so shame for Quinton fans.

  5. Avatar of japanegro23

    japanegro23

    January 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Of course most people on this site will feel that urge to bash Rampage and what will get lost in all of this is he is taking the fight that NO ONE wanted. Win, lose, or draw I hope he finds happiness outside of the UFC.

  6. Avatar of Def_tac

    Def_tac

    January 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Dana, do you hear the knock at your front door? That is Bellator knocking. You nervous? You should be.

  7. Avatar of KeithFarrell

    KeithFarrell

    January 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Quitin Jackson

  8. Avatar of TheRealDeal

    TheRealDeal

    January 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Bye Bye Rampage…….
    Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Oh yeah, Teixeria will hit you plenty when he humiliates you in your last fight. Take your childish act elsewhere…..Go box with Kimbo.

  9. Avatar of Evan Holober

    Evan Holober

    January 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    It's funny, Fighter A rags on Bellator/Bjorn, everybody hates on Bellator. Fighter B rags on the UFC/Dana/Zuffa, everybody hates on fighter B.

    Gotta love it.

  10. Avatar of MAMBA24ILL

    MAMBA24ILL

    January 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Dudes won 2 out of his last 5 in the UFC. At this point, he talks better than he fights. I hate how he bad mouths the UFC after they stuck by him through some tough times. ie: the a-team movie & the police chase/arrest.

  11. Avatar of matt1926

    matt1926

    January 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    How can we take anything he says seriously?? The ironic thing is that he starves for so much attention but he's not going to get as much of it anywhere else except for the UFC. I don't think we will be hearing much from Rampage after his last fight unless he does another awkward video of him trying to assault a female in a parking garage.

  12. Avatar of TarrantulaBdawg420

    TarrantulaBdawg420

    January 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The guy seems like he's living with a chip on his shoulder. Kinda pathetic considering all that he's accomplished in the sport.

    • Avatar of azzkika

      azzkika

      January 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Rampage addresses the negativity that's came out of him during his tenure in the UFC and wants to put it behind him and move on. Sounds like he is getting rid of the chip and good luck to him whatever he chooses to do in life.

      He was old school that failed to modernise as the game did but I'll always remember him for being the first to tame Chuck.

  13. Avatar of Entity

    Entity

    January 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Do what you like Rampage. I think we're all at the point that we dont mind either way.

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