The former UFC light heavyweight champion made waves in March when he openly called out the UFC and said he was looking forward to leaving the promotion he has called home since 2007. Earlier this month, he signed to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC 153 in what most believe will be his last fight with the promotion.
But UFC president Dana White said Jackson wanted his departure to come even sooner – before White stepped in.
"Me and Rampage had this conversation and he said, 'Cut me from my contract right now,'" White told a small group of reporters after the UFC 149 post-event news conference this past Saturday in Calgary. "And I said, 'Dude, we've had your back every step of the way, we've honored every contract that we've ever had with you – honor yours.'
"He said, 'That's true. You're right. I will honor my contract.'"
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