After Glover Teixeira almost murderized Fabio Maldonado at UFC 153, it was revealed that Teixeira suffered an injury that could sideline him for up to six months. His next presumed opponent, Rampage Jackson, said he’d rather not wait that long to get back into action. So he suggested to Bas Rutten on Inside MMA that the UFC give him Forrest Griffin. When informed that Forrest was already booked to face Phil Davis, Rampage went all bat-shit crazy:
“No disrespect to anybody, but that’s gonna be a boring fight, I’m sorry. This is why I’m leaving the UFC. I don’t understand what Joe Silva’s doing. Joe Silva have a complex, something’s wrong with him. The guy can’t match shoes. What kind of matchmaker is this guy? What is he thinking? Give me Forrest. Everybody wants that. That would sell. Everybody wants to see me and Forrest fight again. Everybody keeps talking about it.”
I hate to be the one to piss on a guy’s parade, but NO ONE is talking about that fight. No one has cared about that fight since about two days after it happened over four years ago. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad fight. It’d make a fine co-main event for a PPV, or even a headliner on FX, but it’s certainly not a fight that warrants a redo at this point. No, the fight people ARE actually talking about for Rampage is Teixeira.
Rampage is leaving the UFC. Forrest is lumbering through however many more fights his body can handle until he has enough in the bank to retire on. The fight would hold no relevance, and not for nothing, but for a guy who talks about wanting to be in exciting fights, Rampage hasn’t put on a great performance since Keith Jardine in 2009. You can’t go blaming your opponents for your own mediocre fights. Well, actually you can if you’re Rampage, the eternal victim.