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Rampage Retires

Another fine decision from the man who led a police chase through the streets in a truck with his own face painted on the side which landed him in jail because in his “dehydrated state” he thought God was telling him to exorcise demons on the other side of town. Look: Rampage is a grown-ass man and can do anything he likes, and it’s his life; he owes no explanation to anyone but UFC- privately- and that only because he has business dealings with them. He’s chosen despite that to give his reasons publicly, and well, they’re goofy; if he thinks he’s going to win many plaudits outside of the Dana-White-is-Satan brigade with his rationale he should probably go rehydrate. If he’s doing this as a negotiating tactic, fine, best of luck to him and I hope he gets paid; if it’s anger over previous bout negotiations, this is a queer way of handling it, but whatever; if he’s having an emotional outburst, fine, everyone does silly things from time to time as the career of, say, Dana White illustrates; but if he seriously thinks he’s going to make the money in films that he’ll make against Rashad, well… look for him looking haggard on the equivalent of World of Warcraft commercials in about 20 years’ time if he’s lucky, or back in the UFC in a year claiming he never meant any of this, Tito-style. Or more to the point, Roger Huerta-style.

I’m sure when you get right down into the nitty-gritty of it both he and Dana White have reasonable points to make about respect and fair dealings, but at the end of the day both parties need the other to make the most money they can. If this isn’t resolved soon and the fight rescheduled then at least one and possibly several people are making a very foolish professional choice. When you consider that a substantial part of Jackson’s appeal as an actor is wrapped up in his possession of a previously existing audience of target-demographic fans afforded to him by UFC exposure, I’d expect his agent and a variety of producers to be leaning on him to patch things up as well. If multiple felony counts don’t scupper Jackson’s UFC career, this likely won’t either.

EDIT: and incidentally, the funny part of this situation is that Dana White running off at the yap doesn’t make Quinton Jackson look bad, it makes Dana White look like a guy who’s both missing the big picture and has the emotional control of a colicky newborn. What makes Jackson look bad is the stuff he’s writing of his own volition on his own website for his own reasons! Both guys need to be pulled aside by adults and told to work this shit out privately, for their own good.

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September 22, 2009 - Posted by | MMA | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I would have to say, that Dana White is going to be Dana White, which is what makes him special. It’s no surprise he would say that because he takes all this personally but the guy did actually fly out to California and bail Jackson out of jail.

    If my friend did that for me I would not then stab them in the back. You need to have some sense of loyalty. At least do your fight w/ Rashad and then get out.

    Now here’s what I don’t get. The perfect opportunity for Rampage is TUF 10. He has a great chance to try and parlay those 4 million people that follow Kimbo to following him. Rashad does not have the type of personality that could bring in the non-hardcore mma viewer. Rampage does.

    He’s losing so much money by pulling this stunt and putting off that fight and moreso he’s giving up the opportunity to bring in those fans to follow him instead of Kimbo “Fish” Slice. The UFC had a great chance of roping in that crowd. He is absolutely screwing it up now.

    Comment by kenonbass | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Ken, I tend to think this is primarily a ploy by Rampage to get as much of a percentage out of the Rashad fight as possible. Say what you want about the guy, but I don’t think he’s a dummy – he’s seen the ratings for TUF 10 after the first episode and he has the temporary leverage of being in the A-Team movie on top of it.

    Anyone with a working cerebellum knows that Rashad-Rampage is going to do ridiculous PPV numbers, and I think this is his way of trying to get as much of a slice of that as possible.

    Comment by Sean | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. “Anyone with a working cerebellum knows that Rashad-Rampage is going to do ridiculous PPV numbers, and I think this is his way of trying to get as much of a slice of that as possible.”

    Does a working cerebellum make a man go flying across town in his car trying to save his possessed friend because God told him to? Just wondering.

    Comment by Tony | September 24, 2009 | Reply


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