Last we heard, the rift between Rampage Jackson and DW, as Rampage’s pupil Kimbo Slice so affectionately calls Dana, had come to an end sometime late last week. During the UFC 103 post-fight press conference, informed the media (visibly irritated mind you) that he and Rampage had made up and merely needed to figure out when they could book the Rashad fight. Everything probably would have been fine if he had just left at it that, but he didn’t.
Later in the presser, when asked if Hollywood was his new competitor, he ranted about Hollywood agents only delivering “four percent of what they promise,” and revealed that Rampage wasn’t making anything from the A-Team movie, only a promise he could make $20 million from the sequel, something Dana implied would never happen.
Well, it appears Dana’s last remarks have set Rampage off in a huge way. Jackson published a lengthy blog post on his official site (must complete short registration to view it) that begins with, “The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them,” and ends with, “I’m done fighting.” Everything in between is Rampage basically saying he’s always done what the UFC wanted — not what he wanted — despite what he has said to the press in the past.
The UFC has done a lot for me but I think I have done more for them. The UFC bought WFA to get my contract & they saved my life, so I felt loyal to them. They pushed me into a fight with Chuck Liddel even when I clearly stated I wasn’t ready to fight for the belt because the American fans didn’t know me but I took the fight and didn’t complain & after I won the American fans booed me for the first time which changed the way I saw them & it hurt me deeply.
Then this movie role came about that I have been trying to get for over a year & as soon as I found out I was close to getting it, I called Dana right away & asked to push the Memphis fight back just a month or so. I told him what this movie role meant to me. I told him that I used to bond with my father watching the tv show as a kid when my parents where still married & it represents the memories I had with my father when we lived together. My dad became an alcohalic & addicted to drugs & we grew apart. But after my dad got his life back together, I was so proud of my dad & I told him I would always take care of him in the future & make him proud of me. My dad & I are still very big fans of the show & I am basically doing this for the childhood memories I had spending time in front of the tv with my dad. Dana went on the internet & mocked me because of that & I still did nothing. Dana & I finally talked & we made up & then after that he went back on the internet & said some bullshit & he was talking bad about the movie when information is not even supposed to be released & talking about payments which is not even true could really hurt my future acting career, which could very well last longer than my fighting career. I’m not like Randy Couture. My body has been getting so many different injuries that I wont be able to fight until my forties & neither do I want to fight that long. So I feel like my second career could be in jeopardy.. so I’m done fighting. I’ve been getting negative reviews from the dumb ass fans that don’t pay my bills or put my kids though college. So I’m hanging it up. I’m gonna miss all my loyal fans but hopefully they’ll follow me to my new career & I will gain more loyal fans along the way. & all you hater fans out there can kiss my big black hairy ass! & anybody that don’t like what I just said can come try to kick my ass!
I think it’s safe to say this situation has spun way out of control.
Will Rampage really quit fighting though? Nah, probably not. At the end of the day, it’s always about the money.
One source close to the fighter characterized his actions differently, telling MMAWeekly.com Tuesday evening that Jackson said he “wasn’t going to fight for the UFC unless they offered him a (expletive) of money.”
Money talks, and sooner or later he’ll realize he can make a lot more fighting than he can acting. It just may be up to the UFC to decide how soon that is.
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