Rampage: Spike TV made the UFC


Since leaving the UFC, Quinton Jackson has made it a point to discredit and disbarrage his former employee. Rampage has publically criticized fighter pay and business tactics and today argued that it was Spike TV which made the UFC, not it's own efforts:

On his relationship with Dana White: “Dana’s actually a cool guy. Dana is really down to earth. He’s actually really cool, but sometimes when it’s business, it’s business. Dana, you can tell that he’s a strong businessman because look what he’s done with the company. Sometimes he gets a little bit too emotional with his business, and that’s what makes you have a bad attitude toward Dana. With me, when Dana gets upset, he comes at me and says something, and I’m an alpha too. I say stuff and we get in an argument and then after a while, I’m cool with it. I don’t hold grudges.”

On parting ways with the UFC: “Now I’m kind of happy that that actually happened because even though the fans don’t understand it, they don’t see it, but I think Bellator is actually going to come up. You’ve got to think about it. Spike TV is what made the UFC. The UFC wouldn’t be where it is without Spike TV.”

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Steve4192 site profile image  

6/28/13 10:18 AM by Steve4192

The $10MM was production costs. Go back to earlier interviews before Dana had an axe to grind with Spike and you will get a different story.

808AK site profile image  

6/28/13 8:09 AM by 808AK

Heres a quote from Dana:"There's a pompous, arrogant clown that runs Viacom, his name is Philippe Dauman. This guy has claimed that he built the UFC. Claims he built the UFC. Let me remind everybody, the UFC was a time buy on Spike TV.We paid 10 million dollars to be in a time buy on Spike TV. They act like they were these geniuses that saw this sport coming. "

badrun site profile image  

6/27/13 1:17 PM by badrun

How long until Rampage is disgruntled by Bellator/Spike?

Nagaho site profile image  

6/27/13 11:03 AM by Nagaho

<blockquote>All My Holes Overflowing With Jones' CREam - Rampage..<br /><br />Spike didn't make the UFC...<br /><br /><br />The fighters have always been the core of the business and the fight between Griffin/Bonnar had a monster effect on the growth of the UFC AND SPIKE.<br /><br />THE FIGHTERS DESERVE MORE CREDIT!!!</blockquote><br /> This. Rampage is so eager to burn his old bosses that he's basically burning himself.

Aaron Becker site profile image  

6/27/13 9:41 AM by Aaron Becker

vtfd for bringing race into it you caulk sucker

Kostakio site profile image  

6/27/13 7:47 AM by Kostakio


Pitbull3744 site profile image  

6/27/13 7:42 AM by Pitbull3744

I can't wait for rampage to have problems with Bellator

Steve4192 site profile image  

6/27/13 7:28 AM by Steve4192

Nope.Spike agreed to air it gratis as long as Zuffa paid the production costs. Infomercials don't get aired in the middle of the week in a prime-time slot with a lead-in from the #1 show on the network. Spike was the only network willing to put TUF in primetime rather than in a standard late-late night 3am timeslot where most informercials are aired.

Bootsy Collins site profile image  

6/27/13 6:44 AM by Bootsy Collins

Guarantee you Roy Nelson's friends have an opinion on this!

808AK site profile image  

6/27/13 6:22 AM by 808AK

I believe the UFC did pay to have TUF1 aired on Spike. It was a time-buy just like WSOF1 did on NBC Sports.