Dana White is the modern day "Fonz." You can say it Dana, "I was wr-wr-wr-wrong."
Just like Happy Days' Arthur Fonzarelli, who couldn't say the word, don't expect a full admission from the UFC president but he's sort of coming clean in saying that Quinton Jackson's role in the new A-Team movie was a great move. Sure it put his fight career on hold for a few months, delayed his match against Rashad Evans and took a little steam away from UFC 107, but Jackson has a chance to make some side cash in movies and television and the A-Team should be a big box office hit.
"I get guys all the time — because the UFC is getting so big — doing movies, but they're usually movies that go straight to DVD, and you wouldn't even want to watch them on DVD, but Rampage made the right decision," White told the Miami Herald this week.
Whoa! That's pretty close.
"The A-Team is the big summer hit this year, and from what I'm hearing from the guys in Hollywood, Rampage [nailed] it. He did an awesome job. Everything worked out. He and I made up, and the fight is still happening...It's definitely not a bad thing, but I don't know how many people will actually be going to see The A-Team movie knowing that Rampage Jackson is a UFC fighter. I don't know. We'll have to see how it works out."
This is a complete 180 from what White said to X-107.5 in Las Vegas back in September when the crap hit the fan (2:45 mark).
"You're gonna be a huge bonafide movie star with one role? They're not paying him jack. Okay? He's giving up literally millions of dollars to play Mr. T. If you think he's gonna go in and say 'I pity the fool' and he's gonna become a huge serious actor off that role, give me a friggin' break."
Who knows if Jackson can parlay this into future roles but he probably made some nice jack and certainly raised his profile. With 37 fights under his belt and nearly 32 years old, there's nothing wrong with looking to the future. And from White's standpoint, a win at UFC 114 followed by a title shot at the end of 2010 and the prez won't be displeased when he can capitalize on Rampage's new found fame to sell a few extra pay-per-views.
Tip via Cage Potato