I have never read The Secret. The synopses, reviews and utter shells masquerading as human beings that bought into it were enough to convince me that elevating shallow materialism to a spiritual art form, and making it possible to excuse such a ridiculously selfish worldview as somehow meaningful, were all the book accomplished. Well, that wasn’t so bad. Shallow people never get deep – this book neither provoked nor convinced anyone to be a bastard. It simply made it more excusable. It’s not the first book to do so, and it won’t be the last.
Well, now I’m pissed. It appears that The Secret’s unique mixture of bullshit, self delusion and selective memory has at the very least influenced the retirement of Rampage Jackson from the world of MMA, as announced on his blog and reported by Five Knuckles. In between thanking Dana for buying his contract from the World Fighting Alliance (something I mentioned in my last Rampage post), blaming Dana for giving him the Liddell fight (?), cursing Dana for then giving him the Henderson fight (??), and accusing Dana of telling him that he could fight Machida immediately after coaching against Rashad on TUF, we get this gem:
Then they had me coach TUF season 7 and fight Forrest and the fight was very controversial & normally when a fight is that close & controversial there is normally an instant replay. I can name a couple of instances. Instead they offered me the Vanderlei Silva fight which I gladly accepted even though I know it was a very risky fight for me to take because of all the drama that was happening to me at the time. I fought that fight with a jaw injury and then a couple weeks later Dana called me and asked me to fight Rashad. For the first time I said no, I didn’t want to fight because it was such short notice & I wouldn’t have had a long break between camp. Dana talked me into fighting Rashad anyway but Rashad refused the fight and so I had to fight Jardine as a favor to the UFC instead of getting my belt back (which wasn’t even worth it to me financially).
Let’s start from the beginning. He’s clearly never processed the fact that he lost to Forrest Griffin – that fight was about as controversial as Obama’s speech to school kids about trying hard. Second, he explicitly says he ‘gladly accepted’ his fight with Silva (his most watched PPV ever, by the way) while REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE that the ‘drama’ that happened (ie, freaking the fuck out over a stupid book and going on an afternoon romp in his monster truck before getting popped by the fuzz) is the reason he didn’t get a rematch for the belt. THEN, he says getting his belt back – you know, the thing he was so pissed about when he happily took the Wanderlei fight – ‘wasn’t even worth it to [him] financially’. THEN WHAT ARE YOU BITCHING ABOUT?
Quinton Jackson is a grown ass man and one hell of a fighter when he wants to be. He’s 8-1 in his last nine fights, with the sole loss coming to Forrest. I considered myself a fan of his – until now. This is a ridiculously childish maneuver. It is, by his own admission, a selfish act that puts the UFC in a shitty position and completely torpedoes a fight with Rashad that was already delayed past the Memphis card when he got his movie role. And then there’s the whole ‘wanting to watch fighters that are actually interested in being the best in the world’ thing. Only the pungent, fermented combination of self important narcissism, delusions of grandeur and an utter and complete detachment from reality embodied by The Secret could allow Rampage to think his fans will ‘follow him to his new career.’
Maybe if you think about it really, really hard, Quinton.