As expected, Dana White hasn’t taken the Rampage/A-Team situation all that well. He was a guest on Dave Farra’s The DAM Show yesterday and said he’s so pissed at Rampage right now, he won’t even talk to him.
I hate it, I hate it so bad I can’t even tell you how bad I hate it. I’m so mad at Rampage over this. Rampage is a guy that we’ve obviously taken under our wing over the last few years, we really like him and we’ve really done a lot of good things for him. And for him to do this to me and to pull out and do this goofy A-Team movie man, I’m not happy about it all…They’re not paying him jack. He’s giving up literally millions of dollars to play Mr. T. If you think he’s going to go in there and say, “I pity the fool,” and he’s going to become a huge serious of that role, gimme a freakin’ break…Rampage is somebody I consider a friend, he put me in a bad position and I’m not happy about it. He hurt himself, he hurt us. Sometimes, seriously, you have to save these guys from themselves. What he’s doing makes no sense whatsoever. So we’ll see how this whole thing plays out and what happens. But I’m mad at him, I don’t even want to talk to him right now. Lorenzo’s talking to him, not me.
Looking at this from Dana’s perspective, I can definitely see why he’s so pissed, and one reason why sticks out far above the others. Last year when Rampage went on his rampage, Dana was there to bail him out not only out of jail but pretty much out of the entire situation. The UFC took care of him when they could have just as easily kicked him to the curb for what he did. It would have been one thing if this offer came along and he was still trying to figure out his next fight, but they had built an entire event around him with a full season of TUF to market it. If I was Dana, I would take that as a kick to the nuts too.
By the way, at the end Dana guarantees the UFC will be on network television within a year from today. He plans on running a major show each quarter which would take the place of a pay-per-view.