September 23, 2009
The new Dana White is being put to the test by another Quinton Jackson episode. The UFC president, well known for his public beefs with fighters and rival promoters, is pushing 40 and showing some growth. He didn't always show the best judgement when encountering the day-to-day headaches a company chief deals with.
Yesterday's problem was Quinton Jackson's declaration that he's done fighting. He's moving on to pursue his acting career full-time because he's irked with the way that he's been treated by White and the UFC.
Sounds like Randy Couture revisited, right? White spoke out way too often during the year-plus that Couture and he butted heads over Couture's contract. Whte has clearly learned from experience:
"Rampage is a grown man. He's acting like a baby today but he's a grown man," White told Carmichael Dave on KHTK in Sacramento. "If he wants to be in the movie business, good luck to you man. I hope he makes it big. Rampage Jackson is a guy I actually do like. But Rampage Jackson is a guy that I know doesn't always make the best decisions."
Listen below to hear White talk about Jackson's decision:
White knows that better than anyone after Jackson's driving rampage landed him in an Orange County, California jail last July. He's also a guy who hasn't always treated his fighting career as priority No. 1. Jackson's zany past is why it sounds like White is treating this like something that'll blow over:
"I hope the movie thing works out for him. If that's what he truly wants to do and that's what he think his career is, I wish him all the luck in the world."
Jackson recently accepted the role of B.A. Baracus in the A-Team movie. That annoyed White because it meant the fighter couldn't participate in the season ending pay-per-view built around Jackson facing Rashad Evans, the other coach on The Ultimate Fighter 10. The reality show on Spike debuted last week. So now this drama may hover over the entire season.
Listen here to the entire interview.
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