Rampage: They don't want me to be bigger than the UFC
In his last fight, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was unable to make weight, and unable to win, getting outstruck by Ryan Bader 109 to 30 according to FightMetric.
UFC President Dana White responded bluntly. “I’m disappointed," White said. "I think Rampage is so talented. I just question whether he wants to do this anymore and have been since probably the A-Team movie.”
The remarks appeared to distress Rampage, who began an exteded rebuttal on twitter, citing injury, and expressing the desire to fight for another organization.
Now, in an interview on HDNet's "Inside MMA" Rampage's upset reaches a feverish pitch. When at one point he insinuataes that the UFC told Rashad Evans about an injury leading Evans to punch him in the knee all so he wouldn't get larger than the UFC itself, it apears that his train of thought is not entirely rational.
"I think the fans don't understand. They think just because I make a lot of money, I should be happy 'cuz I got a nice house. But I always stated that I fight for money 'cuz it's my career. I think a lot of fans are sheep and they don't understand."
"I've been upset with the UFC and the opponents they've been giving me," said Jackson. "I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face. I'm sorry, but if you got a fighter like me who likes to go out and put on fights, why you giving me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me? I'm sorry. But I'm a little tired of the UFC and their texts.
"After my fight with Jon Jones, they told my manager that I was losing my appeal, that rappers and stuff don't come out to watch me fight no more, that fans don't really like me no more. And it was gettin' close to the time for me to renegotiate, and PRIDE did the same thing to me.
"To me, the respect is worth more than the money. I'll go fight for some other show for free. I'll prove to the fans that I'm not all about money. I'll go fight for some other show for five dollars.
"I think the UFC should have said 'thank you' to 'Rampage' and all that. I was my first time ever not making weight. You could tell something was wrong. In my whole career, I've always been respectful to everybody. I make weight. Why do I wanna give my opponent 20 percent of my purse?
"I wish I didn't have to fight. I wish I didn't have no more fights with them. I'm trying to get out of this one fight."
"The thing is, the UFC knew I was injured and they knew I still fought for them. I feel like if I didn't fight on that card, the appeal wouldn't have been as big. I'm sorry I'm not trying to toot my own horn or nothin' like that, but they only had me and Mark Hunt, that I know of, that fought in PRIDE before and Mark Hunt is a K-1 fighter. That's a different crowd. Like, some people still watch both, but still, that's a different crowd. So, I think if I would have pulled out, I don't think they would have done as well as they did."
"The fans think that the UFC is the only show in town and everything, but I don't care about money. I make enough money. I got money saved up. I got money that I'm making in other places. 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. And the UFC talkin' 'bout how they got a billion homes, they makin' all this money, but yet, I'm makin' less money than I used to make with the UFC.
"Why is the UFC getting bigger, which means I'm getting bigger, but I'm making less money? So, I just don't wanna be with them no more. I think that if anybody think that I can't make my own career choices, then you a bigot.
"I can do whatever the hell I wanna do. I'm a grown ass man. I don't wanna have to fight for somebody no more, if they not really appreciating me. I feel like I got a lot of fans, and they not tell me 'thank you' for putting my life on the line to fight, even when I'm injured. So, I'm done with them."
"It is hard on the body. The UFC, they know that. The UFC, they good. The one thing I liked about them is they're very upfront about things. When you get hurt, they send you to the doctors and they pay for everything. You only need to train for the fight. PRIDE wasn't like that. The UFC, they knew I was hurt. They knew I was hurt for the Rashad fight, and they still talked crap about me. I did fight Rashad, but because I pulled out for the 'A-team' movie, I don't get no 'thank you' or nothin' like that. What I get is Rashad punching me in the knee. How Rashad know my knee was hurt?"
"I was injured. I was barely walking, but I made the fight, and the thanks I get is Dana saying, 'Oh, he looks terrible,' and Dana knew I was hurt. So, after that I was like, 'I ain't puttin' my life on the line for these guys no more.' They know what was goin' on and they still try to make me look bad. They tryin' to make me lose my fan base. In my opinion, that's what they tryin' to do. 'Cuz they don't want me to be bigger than the UFC. The movie that I did was bigger than the UFC.
"I know what's goin' on, so I'm gonna let them have the UFC. I don't wanna be a part of the UFC no more. I'm not that happy in the UFC. I don't wanna be a part of the UFC no more. Just let me go. If they feel like I've lost my appeal, just let me go! I don't wanna keep fighting guys that are gonna lay there and hump my leg and the referee not gonna stand us up. Let me go."