I’ve been criticized a lil bit for comparing Quinton Jackson’s straight up mental breakdown / monster truck rampage to this current batch of behavioral wackiness. But I’d say this time around may actually be worse for the poor bastard. That last meltdown didn’t end up torpedoing his career and costing Quinton millions of dollars. Mainly because the UFC took a chance and stood by their man rather than cut him loose like most other organizations would have done.
This time, Jackson’s mouth is the monster truck and the UFC is the pregnant lady about to get rammed. Dumbass tweets are one thing, but when you go onto a television program and give a 20 minute interview all about how much you don’t wanna fight for the NFL of MMA … well, that’s a rampage of another sort. Here’s some quotes:
“I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face. I’m sorry, you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out there and fight fights, so why do you keep giving me wrestlers who are going to take me down and hump me? I’m sorry, but I’m really tired of the UFC.”
Yes, because it’s totally Joe Silva’s job to handpick opponents that won’t take advantage of a hole in your game that only opened up because you’re too lazy to train properly any more.
“So I just don’t want to be with them no more. I think the flavor is done. If anybody thinks that I can’t make my own career choices and stuff like that, then you’re a bigot. I can do whatever the hell I want to do. I’m a grown man. I don’t want to have to fight for somebody no more if they’re not really appreciating me.”
You’re totally free to make your own career choices, Rampage. Just don’t be surprised when people think they’re f*cking stupid.
“If you think I made all my money in the UFC, you wrong. I didn’t make all my money in the UFC. I got sponsors that help me out.”
I’m sure those sponsors will be excited to keep paying you the big bucks when you’re fighting in these other magical organizations with the same massive amount of visibility.
“The UFC talks about being in a billion homes. They’re making all this money. Yet I’m making less money than I used to make with the UFC. The UFC is getting bigger, which means I’m getting bigger, but I’m making less money. Why?”
The reason Rampage’s pay has been going down isn’t just because the UFC’s PPV numbers have shrunk over the past two years. It’s also because we’ve sat through three years of sh*tty performances. Even when Quinton has been matched up against gift opponents like Keith Jardine, Matt Hamill, and Ryan Bader (a guy Tito Ortiz beat. TITO ORTIZ!), he hasn’t entertained. It’s not about the wins and losses. A guy can lose and still gain fans. But somewhere along the line Jackson stopped letting his hands go, and it’s all been downhill from there.
“I wish I didn’t have one more fight for them. I’m trying to get out of this one fight. In my opinion, I think they’re trying to make me lose my fanbase. Because they don’t want me to be bigger than the UFC, because the movie I did was bigger than the UFC. I don’t want to be part of the UFC. If Dana doesn’t want me to be bigger than the UFC, then let me go.”
Yes, the A-Team movie was totally bigger than the UFC. It was the Avatar of 2010, and will undoubtedly lead to more sequels than Pirates of the Carribean. It also solidified Rampage as an A-list actor with a bright movie career in his future. Yep. Sky’s the limit. Bigger than the UFC, baby!
‘Disrespect’ is a word Rampage has been throwing around a lot lately, but let me ask you what’s more disrespectful: commenting realistically on the performance of one of your fighters, or ignoring all the amazing things your bosses have done for you that allow you to lead the lifestyle of the rich and famous you currently do? That’s not to discount the part Rampage played in his own success, but there’s obviously a synergistic relationship between promoter and fighter going on in MMA. And honestly, if you asked me who wasn’t pulling their weight at the moment, I’d say it’s Rampage.