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Rampage Not Happy With How He’s Being Portrayed On TUF 10

Francis Specker /Landov

I just wanted to blog about the T.U.F. show so people can get an understanding of where I’m coming from. They edited the show to make me look like I didn’t care about my team, but as you can clearly see I was coaching against a T.U.F. show champion (Rashad) and he came from the Ultimate Fighter so he knows how to play the camera and be fake..The behind the scenes stuff from season 7 left a real bad taste in my mouth. I was already salty about it and that was the main reason I did not want to do season 10…Rashad acts so fake and cocky and he wants to act like he cares more about my fighter than I do and brag about how he’s a better coach than I am. But I tried to explain to him that I’m not a coach and I won’t be coaching after my fighting career, like he might. So as the fights go on and I end up losing a couple fights in a row, I grew more pissed and I let it get to me. So, the whole time Rashad was being a dick and cocky, I just talked to them back in the locker room, in private. Rashad thought the show was about him, about how good of a coach he could be and how fake he could be. But I knew what it was all about…The show is called the Ultimate Fighter, not the Ultimate Coach. Rashad is so full of himself, even though he just got knocked the hell out by Machida. It was the worst showing of his fight career. Now that he is a one and done champion he thinks that the show is about him. It was hard for me to do this show because I know how fake Rashad is and what kind of person he is. Most of the real fans can tell too, that’s why he gets booed all the time. I liked everyone on my team and I chose my team for a number of reasons. If I could do it over I would choose all the same guys, except next time I WILL choose the camera man. My team and I had great chemistry and we got along great. Rashad and his team didn’t even like each other. The only reason I’m blogging this is that I want everyone to know what’s really up. The show is for entertainment and it could be edited in many different ways, which doesn’t always tell the true story.

—Rampage Jackson voicing his displeasure with the editing on TUF 10

I think we can all agree that Rampage hasn’t been painted in the most favorable light this season, but does that mean Spike’s entirely to blame as Rampage wants us to believe? Not necessarily. This is the show’s tenth season and Rampage’s second stint as a coach, so he of all people should know Spike’s editing team will take the footage and make a story out of it, good, bad or indifferent. We may not like how they twist, bend and stretch the truth anymore than he does, but by now everyone who has ever seen any reality television should know what’s projected on the screen isn’t always “reality.” If he was so concerned with how he would be portrayed — knowing full well of all the tricks they use from his experience in TUF 7 — maybe he shouldn’t have given them so much ammo to shoot him with. Just saying…

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