– The LA Times ran a big story on Rampage Jackson, the actor, and let’s just say it didn’t paint him in the most favorable light, although Rampage himself is mostly to blame for that. Some people are making a big deal about Rampage calling acting “gay” and a couple of AD’s “mothef*ckers,” but I think that’s overshadowing the fact that Rampage doesn’t seem to like acting any more than he likes fighting.
“Acting is kind of gay,” Jackson said. “It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold. I don’t want a coat over my shoulders! I’m a tough-ass [individual]!”
“Vancouver strikes me as a San Francisco-kind of place,” he continued. “And I don’t want [individuals] getting ideas about me. I feel in my heart I’m the toughest [individual] on the planet. And I don’t want nothing changing my train of thought. If you don’t believe that when we step inside the octagon, it shows.”
“Here, there’s a thing called ‘pecking order,’ ” Jackson said. “I’m not used to that. People can be really inconsiderate of people’s feelings. I wasted three weekends in a row waiting in my trailer when they didn’t use me at all. To be honest, my experience in this movie industry hasn’t always been good.”
“If you know one thing about me, I say time is the most valuable thing in this universe. I hate wasting time. And these [individuals] wasted a lot of my…time!”
Rampage even says he sometimes regrets ever pulling out of UFC 107. Meanwhile, Dana White suddenly thinks the movie was great for Rampage and his career. Talk about those two flip-flopping their stances.
It might be too bad Rampage isn’t ready for Hollywood too, because Hollywood sure seems ready for him.
The role of B.A. Baracus was the hardest to cast because, out of all the original TV characters, B.A. had the most iconic qualities. Comments Alex Young: “[When we were developing and casting the movie], the first question everyone asked was ‘Who’s playing B.A. in the movie?’ It was a signature role in the way that you don’t have a lot of signature roles anymore and everyone wanted the part.”
The filmmakers were looking for was someone who was not afraid to make the role of B.A. his own. Following an exhaustive search, they cast former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Recalls Carnahan: “We brought Rampage to Vancouver to screen test him and he just nailed it. He was so unbelievably good in the scene he read: There’s a moment in the movie where B.A. takes a vow and Rampage delivered it so perfectly that we were all just blown away.”
It remains to be seen what Rampage decides to do with his career (he doesn’t seem to like the UFC or Hollywood) and whether he’s signed for an A-Team sequel (like it or not). In the meantime, Dana White already has a next opponent in mind for Rampage…Lyoto Machida.
– You know how Dana White always gets so pissed off at the MMA media’s pound-for-pound rankings? Well, he has a theory.
“Most of these goofy MMA sites, what you have to understand is, these guys are in it for the money,” said White. “They get paid from all the smaller promotions. They get paid a lot of money from the smaller promotions. So they feel like they have to put some of their guys. That’s the way it works. It’s sick and drives me crazy.
White took issue with both Fedor and Jake Shields on the Sherdog list. The only two non-UFC fighters in the top 10. He also argued with Fitch being on the list.
“It’s not a real pound-for-pound list. Either they don’t know pound-for-pound is or the obvious is they’re being paid.”
Hmm…maybe I need to start doing P4P lists…kidding. Josh Gross wants names and proof.
– Some “cage fighter” (hardly, he’s had one fight in some small local show) named Jason Wyatt drank a cup of magic mushroom tea and then proceeded to murder and mutilate his training partner, Taylor Powell. Convinced Powell was possessed by the devil, Wyatt cut out his heart and tongue while he was still alive and cooked them. Wyatt has been charged with first-degree murder and torture. Wyatt’s attorney, James Fallman, claims he was merely under the influence of mushrooms, “trying to silence the devil,” and therefore isn’t responsible. Mr. Fallman wouldn’t want me on his jury.
– The gloves always come off when two parties start throwing lawsuits at each other.
M-1 Global sued Affliction awhile back for cancelling “Trilogy” and not paying them their consulting fee, which accounted for $1.2 million of Fedor’s $1.5 million purse. M-1 Global claims this fee, under the “Consulting Agreement,” paid for all the valuable services they rendered, not just Fedor Emelianenko.
But not so fast, says Affliction. They just filed a countersuit which basically alleges M-1 is full of shit and the “Consulting Agreement” was nothing more than a “sham” contract so M-1 could avoid paying taxes on the $1.2 million. That and they want their $2.4 million back plus 10% interest per year and attorney’s fees.
According to Affliction, the California-based promotion inked a “Fight Agreement” that tendered $300,000 to Emelianenko per bout he participated in, while Affliction was directed to pay the remaining $1.2 million of Emelianenko’s $1.5 million asking purse per bout directly to M-1 Global under the auspice of a “Consultation Agreement.”
“The reason for the two agreements, Affliction was told, was for personal tax implications,” reads the countersuit.
Affliction claims no consultation was ever agreed upon or given by the M-1 Global group for the two events.
“Because the consulting agreement was a sham contract designed to avoid tax obligations, M-1 had no obligations to perform pursuant to the consulting agreement and therefore rendered no performance under the consulting agreement,” alleges Affliction’s filings.
And M-1 wonders why everyone always makes them out to be the bad guy… They of course deny the allegations.
– Don’t expect GSP to start taking chances just to please the fans.
“I’m fighting safe,” St-Pierre admitted. “Every time I step into the octagon, my life is in jeopardy. For me, it’s more important to not get hit than to hit the guy. I will never fight in a way [in which] I fight like I flip a coin.
“I never took risks. The only fight I took a risk was when I fought Matt Serra, and I went in a stupid exchange, and it was not smart. I got caught; Serra beat me fair and square, and he deserved the victory that night. But it taught me a good lesson, and I don’t want it to happen again.”
“When I’m standing up, I hit the guy, (and) I pick my angle, and I’m smart,” he said. “I’m not afraid to say it: I’m not a brawler, and I’m not a coward. I’m not going to trade punch one-for-one with a guy. I’m going to hit the guy and not get hit. That’s a smart way to fight.”
And it seems GSP’s Greg Jackson teammate Rashad Evans is following his lead.
“I felt like I needed to bring [wrestling] back after the Machida fight,” said Evans, who posted back-to-back knockout wins over Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin before the loss to Machida. “One thing that happens sometimes when you find success in one area – and I found success standing up – I kind of forgot about the area where I was strongest.”
“Me doing wrestling now is just going to be something I do from here on out,” he said. “Because no matter how far (I get) in my stand-up, I’ve always got to remember that my bread and butter is my wrestling, and everything else stems from that.”
“One thing you understand really quickly as a fighter – and the fans don’t really understand – is that you’re not punching with eight- or 10-ounce gloves on,” he said. “You’ve got four-ounce gloves on, and underneath that is a cast.
“And it only takes one good shot for the fight to be over. I wasn’t trying to take no shots for no amount of boos.”
Well, Shogun Rua knows exactly what to expect in his first title defense.
– Former UFC middleweight Lee Murray was finally sentenced for “masterminding” the largest bank heist in UK history. He’ll spend the next 10 years of his life in a Moroccan prison.
– The UFC is targeting January for that Afghanistan event. Dana calls it a “stealth mission,” and a live broadcast won’t be possible. If they’re allowed to bring in the equipment to record it, there may be a taped broadcast on Spike TV.
– Tito Ortiz says he’s about at 40% following the spinal fusion surgery in his neck. His doctor says he could have “absolutely” been paralyzed if he continued fighting without surgery. The Chuck Liddell fight may still happen. Speaking of Chuck, he’s looking ripped for the Rich Franklin fight coming up at UFC 115.
– Showtime’s Ken Hershman (the guy Dana hates) challenges “anybody to watch our show next to anybody else’s shows from a production, lighting, directing, announcing standpoint and say that ours isn’t, by far, the best.” As for Dana, “I don’t give a second’s thought to Dana White, ever. He’s irrelevant.”
– Josh Koscheck doesn’t care for Dana White suggesting he’s not a team player.
I don’t see where Dana was coming from either. Koscheck may be a lot of things, but he’s always stepped up to the plate and taken fights on short notice when they needed him.
– Kim Couture was reportedly arrested over the weekend for domestic violence. Cops apparently found her choking her personal assistant. She’s already posted bail.
– Jens Pulver has been released from the WEC, and will not be joining the broadcast team or retiring as rumored.
“On the record, you can tell the whole world this: I love the UFC, I love the WEC, I love Zuffa,” Pulver said. “But I’m 0-5 (in my last five fights), so I get it. I’m a fighter. Fact is, I’ve been around a lot longer than these guys today, and I don’t make as much money as them. I’m 0-5, and that’s something I’ve got to fix with me — but I can’t take a year off to work on it. I’ve gotta fight.”