The saga between UFC president Dana White and former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson rages on.
Now spanning years, the war of words took another turn this weekend as 'Rampage' insisted he wasn't paid nearly as well as White would have you believe.
In the lead up to UFC on FOX 10 in January 2013, White told Ariel Helwani that Jackson earned $15.2 million from 2007 to 2012.
"The UFC put a big number out there, that I made so much money over the years," Jackson told Fight Hub. "Honestly, I don't believe that it's true. They lie about a lot of stuff."
Jackson, who hasn't been shy about his taste for high-end toys, says he didn't earn enough fighting in the UFC to be able to retire comfortably. Jackson signed a promotional contract with Viacom and Bellator following his unanimous decision loss Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 10.
"If I just quit fighting for the UFC and retired, no, I wouldn't be able to retire for the rest of my life," said Jackson. "I don't think I would have, just because of how many kids I've got and stuff I plan on doing. I would have kept doing movies and stuff, but that's beside the point.
"Off my 'MMA money' that I made strictly from MMA? No, I don't think I would have been able to retire for the rest of my life. After taxes and all that stuff that factors in."
Jackson has also been critical of the UFC's Pay-Per-View business, alleging that the promotion lies about its pay-per-view buyrates, either to the press, or to fighters as a means to withhold earnings.
"After taxes and after you pay your team, your coaches and your manager their percentage you don't walk away with the number like they say that they pay you," said Jackson. "It's just propaganda."
5 MUST-READ STORIES
Ouch. Ryan Ford somehow managed to fight Jake Shields with an arm he broke a few days prior to the event.
'The Brazilian Killer.' Phil Davis isn't worried about being forced to slug it out with Glover Teixeira at UFC 179. 'That would be a great way to get my first knockout win in the UFC.'
P4P rankings. The SB Nation MMA crew tries to work out the sport's pound-for-pound best.
Oh, honey. UFC commentator Mike Goldberg called an NFL game on Sunday and the internet was not kind.
'It was like a positivity cult.' Andre Fili can't help but wonder where he'd be if he hadn't joined Team Alpha Male in 2009. 'They showed me the right way and helped me become a real man and a real person.'
Chad Mendes watches his first fight with Jose Aldo.
Highlights from Bellator 128.
Jake Shields vs. Ryan Ford at WSOF 14.
A pretty goofy interview from Rory MacDonald talking Metamoris.
Our first installment of a cool new series on fighters and their dogs.
Another brutal women's head kick KO.
MMA Tete-A-Tete: The State of the UFC and MMA business Fall 2014
Submission Radio 12/10/14 Jake Ellenberger, Brian Ebersole, John Hackleman + Bellator 128, WSOF 14
Fans of Matt Hughes.
@BloodyElbow that man is a real piece of shit. And I never swear on social networks.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) October 12, 2014
@MarkBocek I'm helping. You're not. You just talk.— Matt Hughes (@matthughes9x) October 12, 2014
I think Hughes should forgo one of the shows I his trophy hunting series to sit in front of a camera and debate his actions with me.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) October 12, 2014
Choking out Ryan ford http://t.co/WsI4AOLa4X pic.twitter.com/KVoiM1PA9i— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) October 12, 2014
"@1d3ft6: @MFG16 @titoortiz Goldberg is the man!!"— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) October 13, 2014
She told me to " shit or get off the pot" @lssheffield pic.twitter.com/BKxSAE0s91— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) October 13, 2014
Halloween Gala Fasano 2014 #Funny #NoivaCadaver #Party #Fasano #HalloweenGala #LastNight
In case you were wondering...I inherited a pet zebra when I got married. http://t.co/L7CraH8PFR pic.twitter.com/M3DK0koKZU— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) October 12, 2014
Just Khabib slugging a dude in the gut over and over.
This man is a monster, http://t.co/pTI3DPhQbW— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) October 10, 2014
This must be the Irish 'Walking Dead.'
Love/Hate makes you want to get a shipment of weapons, build an army, open a brothel, pound Trish and take out everyone! I fucking love it!!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 12, 2014
I have the pawer heman http://t.co/3JrS8F14Xs pic.twitter.com/liIxheUDv0— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) October 12, 2014
Birthday cake anyone? http://t.co/YKu6Z2FuME pic.twitter.com/Br4BXiipED— TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) October 10, 2014
Announced this weekend (Oct. 10-12 2014)
David Michaud vs. Garett Whiteley at UFC on FOX 13
Leandro Issa vs. Yuta Sasaki vs. UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway
cancelled Marcus Brimage vs. Erik Perez at UFC 180: Velasquez vs. Werdum
cancelled Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Patrick Williams at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Rockhold
Marcus Brimage vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway
Rodrigo Damm vs. Evan Dunham at UFC 182
Chris Heatherly vs. Augusto Montano at UFC 180
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via ByronD003.
UFC 179: Glover Teixeira vs Phil Davis Fight Analysis/Prediction
With both fighters coming off of one-sided decision losses, both fighters seek to bounce back and regain momentum as contenders in the light heavyweight division. Lets breakdown these two fighter based on how they looked in their past 5 fights.
Phil Davis 12-2-0, 2 KO/TKO, 4 Sub, 6 Decision
From 2012 to now we have seen Phil Davis striking game improve as he has shown really good kicks and jabs straight down the middle. He does a good job at using the most of his reach advantage and keeps himself at a safe distance while close enough to attack. When he takes his opponents to the ground he has shown in multiple fights one of his favorite go to submissions. As his opponent tries to stand, he will have full control of the opponents head and looks to sink in an anaconda choke every time. He has done this against Alexander Gustafsson and to Wagner Prado. He is a high level collegiate wrestler that really has set up his striking more so he can change levels and go for the takedown. He has a good chin and keeps himself at distance which allows him to absorb less punishment and he knows how to use his striking and wrestling to score points.
Check out the rest of the post here.
Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.