It turns out The Sun may have been right about Rampage Jackson landing the role of B.A. Baracus in the A-Team movie remake after all.
Fighters Only Mag is reporting that Rampage Jackson is in fact the new B.A. Baracus, but as suspected, there are scheduling issues with his upcoming fight against Rashad Evans on December 12 at UFC 107.
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson WILL be playing the part of BA Baracus in the forthcoming A-Team movie, Fighters Only has been able to establish.
However, Jackson is due to headline UFC 107 in December in a fight against TUF 10 rival coach Rashad Evans. But with filming taking place around that date, Jackson will be unable to fight Evans at the December 12th event.
Fighters Only has learned that Rampage’s management are en route to the US to have an urgent weekend meeting with the UFC regarding this development. It is understood that they will be asking for the fight with Evans to be moved to another date, allowing Jackson to get a full training camp.
Based on what Dana White said yesterday about Rampage appearing in the film, I wouldn’t expect that meeting to go well. Dana made it crystal clear that he doesn’t want Rampage taking the role for the exact reason his management needs to visit with him. If this was just another fight, maybe it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but UFC 107 is essentially being built around the Rampage-Rashad fight. Not only is it set for Rampage’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, it’s also strategically scheduled for the middle of December to capitalize on momentum from TUF 10.
Fighters Only raises a good point though. It may be more beneficial in the long run for the UFC to accommodate Jackson’s request. If Rampage appears in the film, he would be exposed to a huge mainstream audience not only on the big screen, but also through all the publicity appearances he would have to do to help market the movie. His infectious personality would likely draw in a large number of new fans to the UFC, essentially amounting to free marketing for them.
Dana may not like it, but if he finds it serves the UFC’s best interests, maybe he’ll change his mind.