Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
NEW YORK -- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson wants out of the UFC. At this point, everybody that follows mixed martial arts is aware of that. All you have to do is follow him on Twitter to know that he's had it with the Las Vegas-based fight promotion.
Earlier this week, he expanded upon his feelings again while on HDNet's "Inside MMA." The UFC has repeatedly said that they will give Jackson the last fight on his current contract, but on Thursday, UFC president Dana White acknowledged that his frustration with Jackson has hit a new high.
That stems at least partially from the communication issues between the two, which have left White scratching his head in confusion. According to him, he'll have what he considers to be a positive conversation with Jackson, only to see or hear him continue on his anti-UFC slant.
Because of that, White's apparently reached a point where it's no longer worth the effort to try and placate Jackson, as he explained on Thursday following a UFC on FOX 3 press conference at the Beacon Theater.
"Rampage is obviously not happy with the UFC," he said. "No big deal brother, you don’t want to be here anymore. The way I always look at it is, we have this mutual relationship with the fighters. Do we always see eye to eye? Do we always get along? Whatever the deal might be. As far as money goes, everybody needs to make more money ... That’s human nature. What we do is we go in and we negotiate deals that work for everybody. We’ve been good to everybody that we’ve ever dealt with. We’ve never screwed anybody over, including Rampage. And you want to talk about a guy that we went to bat for? We’ve gone to bat for him many times. I feel like f----- [Derek] Jeter when it comes to Rampage, OK? If he’s unhappy with us, doesn’t like us, and doesn’t want to be with us anymore, then the feeling is mutual."
Jackson is currently on the mend from a series of injuries sustained prior to his UFC 144 loss to Ryan Bader. Those issues forced him out of a proposed bout with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, but when he gets back, it appears it will be one and done for Rampage and the UFC.
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