Rampage: Breaking point was White talking s— about me not making weight
Quinton Rampage last week announced his move to Bellator Fighting Championship after he finished his contract with the UFC. Rampage was unhappy with his latest run in the UFC, but it was words of UFC President Dana White’s words that were the last straw and made his decision easy:
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made millions in his six-plus years in the UFC, but it appears his breaking point wasn’t over money, but over Dana White being critical about him to reporters when he failed to make weight for his UFC 144 fight with Ryan Bader.
“He talked s*** about me not making weight,” said Jackson on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday. “That’s when I decided I was going to leave the UFC.”
Jackson had over the next year insisted that when his contract was up, after his next fight (which ended up on Jan 26 in Chicago, a loss to Glover Teixeira), he was gone. He said that he didn’t even consider the offer UFC made to sign him to a new deal, even though at the time, he had no idea the Bellator/Spike/TNA offer was coming.
“I knew I wasn’t happy with UFC,” he said. “I haven’t been happy for a long time. I did a lot of smart investments, saved my money up, worked on rehabbing my knees. I knew I was going to get out of there. I knew I was going to bounce.”