September 16, 2009
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson not fighting at UFC 107 in Memphis could turn out to be a disaster at the gate. Plus it's a total buzz kill after all the momentum that'll be built during an explosive season of The Ultimate Fighter 10 where Jackson and his hated rival Rashad Evans are the coaches. The two won't meet until at least early February. So who the hell signed off on this nonsense?
"I hate it. I'm so mad at Rampage over this. Rampage is a guy that we've obviously taken under our wings the last couple of years. We really like him and done a lot of good things for him. For him to do this to me, and pull out for this goofy A-Team movie, I'm not happy at all."
It must sting considering what White did for Jackson, when the fighter went on a driving rampage in July of 2008, landed in jail and a hospital. White flew down to bail out the former UFC light heavyweight champ and let him right back into the cage a few months later without any repercussions.
White shot down Farra's notion that the money and potential movie career was something Rampage had to leap at:
"You're gonna be a huge bonafide movie star for with one role! They're not paying him jack. 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."
White said he's not speaking with Jackson and that UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta is the only guy in the contact with the fighter.
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