Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Still Unhappy with UFC, Tells TMZ All About It
Like hearing Quinton
Jackson kvetch in abstract fashion about the UFC "not treating
him right"? Love the way TMZ
paparazzi can simply find a famous person on a dark street corner,
ask vague questions and get the subject to start ranting? This is
definitely the video for you.
Just days -- hell, we could measure in hours -- after his unanimous
decision loss to Glover
Teixeira in the UFC, Jackson is back to publicly decrying his
now-former promoter. The only real change is that he is hanging out
with his "kind of people" -- Hollywood people. Or at least he'd
like that to be his kind of people.
This time around, Rampage's beef seems to be centered on the
ever-present "treat me right" angle, as well as foggy claims of the
UFC ripping him off on pay-per-view dollars and action figures.
Also, I continue to find it intriguing how upset Rampage gets every
time someone suggests he's retiring. During all the publicity
leading up to the
UFC on Fox 6 and during interactions with the media in Chicago,
he repeatedly stressed and emphasized that he wasn't retiring, even
when it seemed patently obvious that the people he was speaking to
was fully aware of that. Yet, in this scenario, we hear the man
prompted with, "So, are you retiring from UFC?", further
entrenching the idea that a notable MMA fighter (possibly any MMA
fighter) outside the UFC simply doesn't exist at all in the minds
of the masses.
Until recently, Quinton Jackson had never lost consecutive fights.
He's now lost three straight. The perennial fan favourite with the
crazy slams is long gone; this athlete's MMA career is simply not
as magnetic as it once was. But, I must profess some kind of morbid
curiosity as Rampage attempts to transition at this point. There's
certainly no MMA outfit that can match the kind of money that he
wants. Does a man so proud bite the bullet for 80-and-80 in
Bellator when he's used to million-dollar paydays? Does he truly
believe he is the second coming of Mr. T, capable of film and pop
Rampage is not the future of the Flavorwave Oven, but he is also no
longer the big-name, faded star trotted out to put a solid
205-pounder over in the Octagon. That is to say, for the first time
in a long time, I have no idea what Quinton Jackson even is.
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